Liverpool's Klopp: Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out with ankle ligament damage

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the festive period after suffering a serious ankle injury during the FIFA Club World Cup.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted in the second half of Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Flamengo in the final on Saturday, and was seen on crutches when the team went up to lift the trophy.

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"No news on anyone else, which is good," Klopp told a news conference to preview their top-of-the-table clash with Leicester City on Boxing Day. "With Oxlade, you have three ligaments on the ankle and one is damaged.

"I don't know exactly [how long]. It can take a while. No chance for rest of the year that is clear. We have to see how it settles."

Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the crucial Premier League clashes against Leicester and Wolves before the new year.

The midfielder also missed the majority of last season with a knee ligament injury.

Liverpool will go 13 points clear with a win against second-placed Leicester but Klopp praised Brendan Rodgers' side for their impressive season so far.

"Brendan has done an excellent job," he added. "Top-class team. Exceptional quality. Leicester have the European quality but don't play it this season.

"[Ben] Chilwell for three or four years a fantastic player. [Jonny] Evans, experienced centre-back, [Kasper] Schmeichel, [Caglar] Soyuncu, top. Highest quality with all their desire. Super footballers. Wingers, quick, creative and [Jamie] Vardy."

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league after 17 matches but Klopp said his team are far from perfect this season.

"It's not about having a perfect team on the pitch it is about finding a solution," he said. "We need luck with injuries. We haven't been lucky so far but we could find a solution.

"We constantly search for perfection and never find it. I don't know what would be the 'perfect performance.' You get perfect moments in games like the second goal vs. City. You don't have them all the time. You cannot play perfect all the time."