Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first Premier League start in 16 months in August, following a horror injury against Roma in 2018. Since then The Ox has struggled to cement his place in midfield. With the player still returning to full match fitness, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s England call up is great news for Jürgen Klopp’s men.
In the run up to his heartbreaking injury in the 17/18 Champions League match against Roma, Oxlade-Chamberlain had become a pivotal figure in the Liverpool lineup. The former Arsenal and Southampton man was a lynchpin for counter-attacking moves and his work rate proved vital in pressing the opposition. The ex-winger found a home in the middle of the Anfield park and became a firm favourite with the Liverpool faithful.
To have such a gruelling length of time on the sidelines was tough for The Ox, the team and the fans. Such is Klopp’s faith in Oxlade-Chamberlain, he refused to delve into the transfer market for an attacking midfielder, despite the Reds being consistently linked with Bruno Fernandes and Nabil Fekir. The german instead insisted that Oxlade-Chamberlain would be like a new signing.
With the midfielder now seeking to play as much football as he can in order to refind his 17/18 form, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s England call up will prove vital to his return to fitness.
Gareth Southgate’s England side play Bulgaria and Kosovo this month. If The Ox can work his way into Southgate’s plans then he will build up some much needed fitness and match practice. When the tenacious midfielder is fit and firing, so are Liverpool, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s England call up can only be good news for Liverpool.