Liverpool take on Chelsea this weekend in a fixture that guarantees excitement, vitriol and big tackles. The Reds will be looking to extend their 100% start to the season with a victory over a hit and miss Chelsea side. Both teams head into the game with European demons to shake off. Liverpool were robbed by a glaring referee in Naples, Chelsea were impotent at home as they lost 1-0 to Valencia. Jürgen Klopp‘s side need more flair in midfield than they showed away to Napoli. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has to start this weekend.
Last season was a painful one for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international had to sit out the majority of the campaign due to a frustrating injury sustained during Liverpool’s Champions League semi final with Roma on the way to Kiev. Prior to this devastating setback, he had established himself as Klopp’s key midfield man. The former Arsenal player was pivotal to Liverpool’s potent attacking threat in the 17/18 season, he would pick the ball up and drive at defences with ferocity. This paid dividends when he rifled an effort past a helpless Ederson as Liverpool beat Man City 3-0 in their Champions League quarter final.
The midfielder is recovering back to full fitness and played most of the game as Liverpool beat Newcastle United 3-1 last weekend. His attacking instinct and work rate could tip the balance of the tie in the Red’s favour over the weekend. Hopefully Klopp has learned his lesson from Naples and won’t start with such a negative midfield trio at Stamford Bridge. We need a spark in the middle. We need Oxlade-Chamberlain to start.