Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had plenty of pressure on his shoulders when he made the move to Liverpool from Arsenal last summer.
After spending six years at the Gunners and struggling to hold down a regular spot, the onus was on the England international to step up and prove his worth at Anfield.
It was a slow start from the midfielder as he had to earn his way into Jurgen Klopp’s team, but he soon began to find his stride.
Oxlade-Chamberlain eventually became a regular feature in the first XI, creating seven assists and scoring five goals in 42 appearances in all competitions.
In April, though, the 24-year-old suffered a huge blow as he damaged knee ligaments during the Reds’ 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on home soil.
The injury ended the midfielder’s season, meaning that he will not be able to compete in the Champions League final, and his chances of making the England squad for the World Cup are zero.
Now, according to the Liverpool Echo, Oxlade-Chamberlain will be on the treatment table for around six months after recently undergoing successful surgery.
The report claims that the best-case scenario will be that the midfielder will return to action in November, four months into the new season.
Understandably, Liverpool fans have been left devastated for Oxlade-Chamberlain, and many think that the club need to find a temporary replacement this summer.