With the Champions League final beckoning for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp will soon be deciding on the starting XI he feels is best suited to the enormity of the task.

Tottenham will face the Reds at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium next month and while Liverpool are favourites to beat their Premier League rivals, anything can happen.

It seems unlikely that Klopp will throw any curveballs at Mauricio Pochettino in terms of team selection but maybe, just maybe, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be the surprise star in Madrid.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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The Englishman has been looking sharp in training recently as he has slowly worked his way back to full fitness after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury last season.

He fell awkwardly after a challenge from Aleksandr Kolarov and was ruled out of action for over a year after needing surgery to repair the damage done to his knee.


On the way to the Champions League final last season, Chamberlain was the best midfielder in Klopp’s team and bulldozed his way through Manchester City in the quarter-final of the tournament.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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This season, with Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum all ahead of him in the midfield pecking order, he faces a tough task in trying to earn a place in the team.

He will, of course, have a place on the bench but given the incredible narratives the Champions League has produced in the past, it’s impossible to say Chamberlain will not play a meaningful role in the destiny of the final.

It would be an incredible turnaround for the Englishman to end the season with a goal in a European Cup final after beginning the campaign with his knee wrapped up.

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