It’s becoming clear that Liverpool are better with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the side – even if he doesn’t play well.
The Englishman has had a mixed season so far. Only starting 11 Premier League games, Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t been able to get too much consistency.
But that hasn’t stopped him scoring seven times and playing in some great wins. It may not be weekly starts but he’s certainly made his mark.
And it looks as though Liverpool might just be better with him in the side. Oxlade-Chamberlain started playing more and more after Fabinho picked up an injury in late November.
He’s started ten times in all competitions since, which also happens to be a very successful period.
Liverpool kept six clean sheets in those starts and didn’t lose a game. In fact, they didn’t even draw a game when he started. Technically, they’ve won every game he’s started this season. The only draws – the UEFA Super Cup final and the 5-5 League Cup tie with Arsenal – the Reds went on to win on penalties.
And really, it makes sense. Liverpool are a lot more direct when they play with Oxlade-Chamberlain. His pace and movement helps drive them forward, even when he’s not performing with the ball.
The win over West Ham United on Monday suggests similar. Jurgen Klopp threw the £35m man on when Liverpool went behind and the team ended up winning.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has a definite impact on Liverpool’s style and drive. They are absolute winners when he starts the game and that’s certainly worth considering when Liverpool play Atletico Madrid next month.