Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain denies talk that Philippe Coutinho is irreplaceable and that Liverpool will struggle hugely without the former Reds no.10.
I’ll tell you one thing right off the bat: I really like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and I believe he has a hugely exciting career ahead of him.
From what I’ve seen of him at Liverpool, he has shown immense character and leadership skills that have been missing from this current crop of players.
He has recently spoken about the effect that Philippe Coutinho leaving will have on Jurgen Klopp’s side and has rubbished talk that the Brazilian is irreplaceable and has backed his teammates to succeed without him.
According to the Liverpool ECHO, Chamberlain said: “I knew what a world class talent Phil is before I came here and in the short time I played with him I saw what an influential part he was of the side.
“He was a big character around the place and a fans favourite – rightfully so. He was an amazing player and he did great things for Liverpool.
“When you lose anyone like Phil, I wouldn’t say you’re losing out, but you want as many good players as you can have in your team. That’s football, that’s the business that we are in. People come, people go.
“Great players will leave clubs and clubs will bring in great players. You don’t like to see friends leave – and Phil was a really good guy – but you wish them all the best.
“You pay it attention and you realise it happens but you can’t start thinking ‘what are we going to do now that Phil is not here?’ When Phil wasn’t playing in the team for some games we still played great football and we still have amazing players who can score goals – the likes of Mo (Salah), Sadio (Mane), Roberto (Firmino), everyone else.
“We have goals and creativity all over the team. Obviously, Phil added to that, there is no doubt about that. The fact is he has gone now and we have to think ‘what have we got that is going to get the job done? I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now. I don’t think it should affect us at all.“
Chamberlain has praised Virgil van Dijk for the impact he’s had at Liverpool already and believes that he has lifted the spirits of all at the club.
“We have just brought in Virgil and what an amazing addition he has been. In the short time he’s been here he has brought that air of confidence with his persona,” Chamberlain added.
“That has been a big lift for us. At a massive club like Liverpool, people are going to come and go. Whoever remains, it is our job to keep the wheels moving and keep the momentum going. For me really it is business as usual.”
This final bit from Chamberlain sums up how Liverpool fans should regard Coutinho going forward with productivity in mind.
He said: “I’ve got every respect for Phil and his decisions, I wish him all the best but he is not in my thoughts right now moving on to Man City because he is not going to be able to affect the score.
“The only thing I’m concentrating on is Liverpool and winning as many games as we can – starting with Man City on Sunday. I’m more concerned about what I can do, what Mo can do, what Sadio can do, what whoever is playing will do because we are the boys now that will get the right results for the club.”
Are you impressed with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain this season with how he carries himself and gets on with things on the pitch?