PREMIER LEAGUE

Oxlade-Chamberlain quits Liverpool training camp

Jürgen Klopp will be without midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the rest of pre-season after the midfielder injured his knee in Austria.

Oxlade-Chamberlain returns from Liverpool training camp with knee injury

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will sit out the rest of Liverpool's pre-season after picking up a knee injury. The England international was injured challenging for a ball with a team mates during a practice match at Liverpool's training camp in Austria.

The 27-year-old has returned to the Premier League champions' Melwood training base to begin his rehabilitation. Manager Jürgen Klopp believes the injury is of a similar nature to the one suffered by Jordan Henderson last month, which ruled the captain out of the final four matches of their triumphant domestic campaign but fortunately, did not require surgery.

"Really unfortunate. An unfortunate situation as well; it was a challenge [in training]," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "It looks like it is very similar to what Hendo had, which keeps him out for we don’t know for sure exactly how long, but for sure this pre-season he will not make a game."

Community Shield date with Arsenal

Liverpool face Arsenal at Wembley in the Community Shield next Sunday before hosting newly-promoted Leeds Untied to begin their title defence on 12 September.

"Arsenal for sure not and then we will see," Klopp added, when discussing Oxlade-Chamberlain's recovery prospects. "The next game is probably two weeks later, but I don't know. We have to wait but it is far away from being perfect, of course. It is really hard for him and hard for us, but it is not to change."

Oxlade-Chamberlain made 43 appearances in all competitions last season after missing almost all of the 2018-19 campaign due to a serious knee injury.