Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Subbed off with Injury vs. Roma in UCL Semi-Final

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool suffered an early blow during their UEFA Champions League semi-final against AS Roma on Tuesday, as star midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had to come off with an injury in the first half. 

The England international made a tackle on Aleksandar Kolarov and injured himself in the process:

Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a breakout season in 2017-18, his first with the Reds after a lengthy spell with Arsenal. He established himself as a top prospect with the Gunners but failed to take the next step in his development, leading to the move to Anfield.

Under manager Jurgen Klopp, the 24-year-old made a slow start, but he's become more important to the side as the season has progressed. Seeing him start in a crucial semi-final was no surprise.

It would be a cruel blow for the technician if the injury turns out to be a serious one, as he could miss out on the rest of the Champions League run and the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer. 

According to Klopp, the injury is a bad one, as shared by ESPN FC's Mattias Karen:

The Reds have a capable replacement in Georginio Wijnaldum, but they would much rather face Roma―and a potential trip to the Champions League final―at full strength. 

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