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Jurgen Klopp: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers ‘really bad injury’

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have suffered a “really bad” injury during Tuesday’s 5-2 Champions League win against Roma.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, was taken off on a stretcher in the 15th minute after appearing to hurt his knee when challenging Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov.

When asked if he expected the player’s season to be over, Klopp replied: “Yes, that is how it is unfortunately. We don’t know yet but when all the medical department are concerned without a scan then you know it doesn’t look good. The season is not that long anymore.”

“I am a very positive person and hope it only feels bad but the reason I am not flying mood-wise tonight is because we lost a fantastic player. I am not in the mood to talk about fantastic things. Since I have been here Liverpool has always had to take the more difficult way but in the end Liverpool have always succeeded.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed an impressive debut season for Liverpool since joining from Arsenal for £35m last August, and made 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

However, should the injury prove to be extensive it would put in doubt his availability for this summer’s World Cup, which gets under way on 15 June.

Reds full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold says the players will be determined to reach the Champions League final for the midfielder, if his injury is serious.

“Obviously we’re all gutted for him,” he said. “If he can’t play, we’ll be looking to secure the place in the final for him and the other lads who can’t be involved.”

Guardiola says team must focus on UCL as Man City put one hand on title

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola insisted that the possibility of winning the Premier League title through a victory against Manchester United next week should not distract Manchester City from their Champions League quarter-final game at Liverpool.

City could be crowned champions in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium next Saturday having maintained their 16-point lead over Jose Mourinho’s team with a 3-0 win at Everton.

However, Guardiola insisted that City’s Wednesday’s visit to Anfield is the priority despite their dream scenario, and that his strong team selection at Goodison Park was, Guardiola admitted, designed with Liverpool in mind.

“We were a long time without being together and I didn’t want to play with seven, eight or nine players who are going to play on Wednesday without four weeks playing together,” the former FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said.

“We needed to play together to find our pace and our rhythm for two massive games against Liverpool. I understand people are going to talk about United but now all the decisions are about Liverpool. We have to focus on the Champions League, we have United in the middle but for the lineup we have to think about the Champions League.”

“We are closer than ever,” he added. “We have one game to win and, if we are not able to win [against United], we have six more chances. We are so, so close and I am so happy with the performance.”

City were outstanding in the first half at Goodison and had been given applause after the final whistle by Everton fans.

“Maybe that’s because we are going to play against Liverpool,” Guardiola joked at the thought of City facing the Toffees’ bitter neighbouring rivals.

“I didn’t know it but it is a great satisfaction that they give credit to what the players have done. First it is for our fans but if the people who love football enjoy how we play, then that is a great satisfaction. Last season I applauded them after the 4-0. This season they applauded us, so thank you very much.”

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher aplogises for spitting incident

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has apologised after a video recorded showed the former England and Liverpool defender spitting towards a girl in a car from his own vehicle.

In a tweet on Sunday night Carragher wrote: “Totally out of order & Ive apologised personally to all the family this evening. I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies.”

However, in spite of his apology a spokesperson for Sky reprimanded the former Liverpool defender as Sky Sports holding talks over his future at the moment, saying: “It’s unacceptable behaviour and we will be addressing it with Jamie.”

The incident, which was caught on a mobile phone and obtained by the Daily Mirror, came following the Saturday lunchtime match at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Liverpool, with Carragher winding down his window and spitting towards another car carrying a teenage girl.

The girl, a 14-year-old United supporter was in the passenger seat while her father was driving and talking to the former England defender about the game.

In the video, Carragher exchanges waves with the girl’s dad. Carragher winds down his window while the girl’s dad winds down his passenger side window. The dad can then be heard repeatedly shouting: “Unlucky Jamie lad. Two, one.”

Carragher is heard to say: “All right”, before spitting at the car alongside his. The incident, recorded by the girl’s father, ends with the daughter saying to her dad that Carragher’s spittle had hit her in the face.

Carragher, 40, is due to front the Monday Night Football programme as Sky’s cameras travel to Stoke v Manchester City but much will depend on the outcome of Monday’s meetings.