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Why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs huge performance vs Watford

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to put in an emphatic performance against Watford on Saturday should he return to the starting XI.

The England international is looking to establish a regular starting role in the team after Liverpool’s irreplaceable Brazilian Fabinho was confirmed absent until the new year following ligament damage sustained against Napoli.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool hugs manager Jurgen Klopp as he is substituted off during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at Vitality Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 26, has featured 11 times for the European champions in the league this season. However, only five of them have been starts and the former Arsenal star will be desperate to see a more consistent run of game time.

The former Southampton prodigy will also be feeling the pressure following the recent excellent performances from some of Liverpool’s fringe players.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – DECEMBER 10: Naby Keita of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by David Geieregger/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Naby Keita made his first league start since April at the Vitality Stadium last weekend. The Guinean international repaid the manager’s hand of faith with a stunning performance that saw a goal and an assist from the Reds No.8. He followed that up with another goal against his former side RB Salzburg in the Champions League three days later.

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Xherdan Shaqiri also made a first Premier League start this season in the Merseyside derby and required no time to adjust to the lack of game-time after firing his first goal since January.

Divock Origi has proven that his performances certainly merit more game-time. The Belgian superstar has three goals in the three starts he has started under Klopp in the league and the 24-year-old could help ease the attacking burden left on Roberto Firmino.

Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first Premier League goal since January 2018 last weekend against the Cherries. He hasn’t started two consecutive league matches since April 2018 and with nine potential matches during the December period, now is the time for Oxlade-Chamberlain to seize his moment.

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