Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is having a problem finding assists this season. The Liverpool man must fix things soon.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has never struggled to assist teammates before. Discounting last season when he barely played, the ex-Arsenal player managed seven in the Premier League in each campaign before that.
This season, however, Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t got a single assist. Not in the Premier League, nor the Champions League. That’s despite starting 13 games and coming on in another nine.
This year, though, it’s less than half that. His average passes per game is around the same, too, so it’s not a quantity problem.
For whatever reason, things just aren’t clicking creatively. He’s scored a few more goals than usual but that doesn’t make up for his overall output.
And at a time when Liverpool will push to win the Champions League and FA Cup, the Reds need everyone as creative as possible.
Because we saw against Atletico what to expect from even the biggest sides. They want to limit Liverpool’s space and make it as difficult as possible to create anything.
And in that environment, everyone has got to make things happen. Especially players in Oxlade-Chamberlain’s position, where he isn’t a guaranteed starter.
He’s got to show that he can deliver everything Liverpool need – but he isn’t managing that right now.
So Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to be adding those assists again if he wants to win any battle with Naby Keita for a midfield spot.