Sunday sees a title defining game play out between Liverpool and Man City. The two sides are the only teams in the title equation for yet another year. Last season saw Pep Guardiola pip the Reds by just one point. Liverpool need to be brave, they need to start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Man City.
The England midfielder has now scored four in his last four games for the Reds. He netted twice against Genk, once against Arsenal and once again against Genk.
At the minute the Liverpool midfield looks stagnant without Oxlade-Chamberlain or Naby Keita there to provide a creative spark. Keita and The Ox look like the only players willing to take up advanced positions, willing to drive with the ball and beat their man.
Against the Blues we will need dynamism in the midfield. Lest we forget that in 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a worldie against Man City in the Champions League. The England midfielder saw an opportunity and drove the ball past the helpless keeper from all of 25 yards.
Last season’s Premier League tie between the two sides at Anfield was a stale affair. The absence of The Ox contributed to the lameness of the fixture. The game ended goalless with the only incident of note being the penalty missed by Riyad Mahrez.
The Reds have always been more successful against Guardiola’s robots when we come out and attack them. This is of course a high risk strategy when playing against one of the greatest modern sides, however, with the attacking prowess at our disposal and the City defence looking shaky, we need to be brave. It would be brave to start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Man City but it would pay off.