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.
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.
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.