Liverpool took a huge step towards the Champions League final courtesy of a 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of their semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The Reds were actually 5-0 ahead and cruising, but did concede twice in the final nine minutes to keep Roma just about in the hunt ahead of the second leg.
The victory has come at a price, however, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picking up what looked to be a serious knee injury in the first half of the match.
The midfielder ultimately headed down the tunnel on a stretcher in the 23rd minute of the match, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said after the first leg that the England international has picked up ‘probably a really bad injury’.
Oxlade-Chamberlain took his time to settle at Liverpool, but the former Arsenal midfielder has been excellent for the Merseyside outfit in recent weeks, and the injury at such a vital period of the season is a huge blow for both his club and indeed his country.
A selection of Twitter reaction from the Liverpool fans can be seen below:
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 24, 2018
Hopefully not too bad 🤞🏻 Wishing you a fast recovery @Alex_OxChambo !! 💪🏼
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) April 24, 2018
Rest up Ox, be back for next season❤️
— Kyle¹⁸ (@TheKloppRole) April 24, 2018
— Phil Smith (@prdsmith44) April 24, 2018
I hope he gets well soon, he's my 2nd favorite player in the team. He's the team engine.
— ame7272 (@ame72721) April 24, 2018
Gutted for him. He's been phenomenal this season and for it tot end like this is such a shame. Lets win it for him
— Steve (@2JZSteve) April 24, 2018
gutted for him. deserves to play in the final and at the world cup. brilliant season
— Claire (@ClaireHarperR87) April 24, 2018
Get well soon Ox! One of the decent first team players. Praying for you.
— rae (@leighpinnwoke) April 24, 2018
— coylee (@coylee08) April 24, 2018
Awful news for club and country. What a player he has turned into under Klopp. All we can do now is win this trophy for him and have him back next season to lift another. #YNWA
— Billy Bob (@WootenWyatt) April 24, 2018