Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was named as Liverpool Player of the Month for October last week. The fact that the England star has won the individual award for the month shows that our midfield woes are behind us.
The beginning of the season was a mixed bag for Liverpool fans. The Reds were winning week in, week out – however, the team’s approach play was stagnant at best for some games.
Liverpool relied on the brilliance of the front three to pull them through some matches. Sadio Mane in particular was deemed to be ‘carrying’ the team by football analyst Garth Crooks. The Senegalese forward put in some spectacular performances when we were struggling to break defences down. On more than one occasion he quickly stepped inside and blasted past the keeper.
Jürgen Klopp consistently picked a midfield of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho. Whilst the trio just displayed their might against Manchester City, they are often ineffective against lesser sides.
Weaker opposition than Man City typically line up in a more defensive manner against the Reds. Many sides sit deep and compact, daring Liverpool to pick them apart; more often than not, Hendo and Gini struggled to do so. Mane, Bobby and Mo rescued us with moments of brilliance.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to the fold in October and netted four times in four games, including worldies against Genk and Arsenal. The England midfielder was crucial to the Liverpool side before his horror injury in the Champions League in 2018.
The Ox missed pretty much all of the 2018/19 campaign and has only just found himself getting back into the team. His importance has been immediately evident. Where the Reds look one dimensional, they now look dynamic. Oxlade-Chamberlain drives with the ball, he scores goals, he is brave in possession – he is just what we needed and he has shown that our midfield woes are behind us.