Having Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita fit for the start of the 2019/20 season might have the same impact as signing two new midfielders would.

It’s an old cliche to imply that a player returning from injury will bring the same freshness and excitement as a marquee signing would.

This would apply more to Chamberlain than it would Keita as the former Arsenal midfielder missed 99% of the season through injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury little over a year ago and only appeared for 19 minutes the entire season as Jurgen Klopp looked to hand him short cameos.

When he did grace the Anfield turf this season, the reception he received on both occasions was incredible as supporters recognised what it would mean to him to return to the pitch after being out for so long.


The Englishman was Liverpool’s most important midfielder in the buildup to the Champions League final in Kiev last season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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His absence from that game is something that was never really mentioned as a contributing factor in the Reds’ 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.

Naby Keita also struggled with injury this season, suffering three different setbacks and missing 70 days and counting.

The Guinean was in really good form when he suffered his most recent injury and will be a huge miss in the Champions League final.

Naby Keita.

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Liverpool will undoubtedly be active in the transfer market this summer but if Keita and Chamberlain are fit for the start of the season as they are expected to be, their presence in the squad could have a similar effect to the arrival of a new signing.

The quality of both is unquestionable and has been missing for large portions of the season.

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