This summer saw no first team signings for Liverpool. Kopites, along with the wider footballing world, were confused. We had just won our sixth Champions League and in February we posted world record profits. The Reds had never been in a stronger position in the transfer market. Jürgen Klopp nonchalantly predicted that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be like a new signing. The gaffer has been proved right.
Back in April 2018 Liverpool took on Roma at Anfield in the Champions League semi final. The game saw the Reds run out 5-2 winners but it also saw The Ox limp off. The England midfielder had suffered a complicated knee injury that saw him miss nearly all of the 2018/19 season.
When quizzed on his transfer policy, Jürgen Klopp said that Oxlade-Chamberlain would feel like a new signing, given that we had played the entire season without him. This was a bold claim and showed a lot of faith in the player’s ability to recover to his best form after a horror injury.
Recent weeks have proven Klopp right. The Ox has scored five in his last six games for club and country. There is a growing belief that the midfielder refuses to score normal goals. He has scored worldies against Genk and Arsenal in recent weeks and recently produced an impressive finish for England against Montenegro.
The Reds midfield has looked stagnant and out of ideas at times this season. Opposition are sitting deep and compact when they face Liverpool. This calls for a dynamic midfielder that is willing to take up advanced positions, beat his man and put one in from distance. Jürgen Klopp knew that Oxlade-Chamberlain would provide the side with all of these qualities, we should applaud the gaffer’s confidence.