Klopp's fears over the Ox' come true
Liverpool midfielder will miss rest of season and World Cup with knee injury
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's season has been ended by a knee ligament injury which will rule him out of the World Cup.
The England international was carried off on a stretcher in the first half of the 5-2 Champions League semi-final first-leg victory over Roma on Tuesday night.
He underwent a scan on Wednesday which revealed ligament damage, although the club are not putting a time-frame on how long he is likely to be out for.
The 24-year-old called national team manager Gareth Southgate to speak to him personally about the injury and its implications.
"Liverpool FC can confirm Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 2017-18 season is over for both club and country due to a knee ligament injury sustained against AS Roma on Tuesday evening," said a club statement.
"The 24-year-old was assessed by the club's medical team at Melwood on Wednesday morning and no specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.
"However, Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season."
The injury put a dampener on a thrilling Champions League win at Anfield with manager Jurgen Klopp saying after the match: "The biggest blow for the mood is the injury of Chamberlain because we lost a fantastic player."
The Reds looked to have booked their place in the Champions League final after racing into a 5-0 lead with nine minutes to go in the first leg last-four tie at Anfield.
Two brilliant goals for Mohamed Salah, taking his tally to 43 for the season and another two for Roberto Firmino sandwiched Sadio Mane's close-range strike to do the damage but Edin Dzeko and a Diego Perotti penalty ensured next week's game at the Stadio Olimpic is not a foregone conclusion.
Klopp added: "Conceding two goals is not what we want 100 per cent but we can deal with that.
"We have to do a job in Rome. That is no problem. We expected that before.
"It's a very positive result. If one of my players doesn't think Rome will try to come back, he will not play."
Those two late goals took some of the shine off a brilliant virtuoso performance by Salah - but not much.
The Egypt international, who broke another of Ian Rush's club records by scoring in a 33rd different match this season, curled one shot in off the angle of post and crossbar and then dinked a second over goalkeeper Alisson.
"Outstanding. The first goal is just a genius strike, he scored already a few like this, which makes clear it is no coincidence," said Klopp.
"What a player. If you think he is the best is the world, write it or say it.
"To be the best in the world you need to do it over a longer period, I think. The other two (Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) are not bad."
Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco has not ruled out staging a comeback next Wednesday like the one which saw the beat Barcelona 3-0 having trailed 4-1 from the first leg.
"Hope is still there. We don't need miracles, we just need to believe in what we do against a quality team, and a different team than Barcelona," he said.