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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to step up as Diogo Jota nears return

Liverpool have been ravaged by injuries this season. Jürgen Klopp has seen his best and brightest sidelined, forcing the gaffer to get creative with his solutions. The boss has been forced to get creative and call on his fringe players. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has to prove himself with Diogo Jota nearing a return.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury

The Ox missed the first portion of the campaign.

The midfielder, signed from Arsenal for £35m, suffered another knee injury during pre-season.

Knee injuries have been a theme of the England international’s time at Liverpool.

This one kept him out from the summer until the winter.

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Since his return to the side he has failed to impress.

Diogo Jota injury

When Liverpool signed Diogo Jota from Wolves for £41m over the summer nobody expected him to have the impact he’s had.

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The Portuguese star became the man for the big moment.

He popped up with vital winning goals in his first games for the Reds and he even netted a Champions League hattrick.

We haven’t seen him in action since December when he picked up a knee injury against FC Midtjylland.

The ex-Wolves forward is now edging back into contention having resumed individual training.

Oxlade-Chamberlain faces Jota threat

Kopites are desperate to see their summer signing back in action.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to prove himself as Diogo Jota edges back towards full fitness.

The boss may well lineup with Jota at the point of the midfield or with a 4-2-4 as we saw at Manchester City.

The Ox could drop well down the pecking order when Jota returns. The ex-Arsenal man has to pick up his form in the coming games, the boss may well trust him against Man City – there’s no better game to stake a claim in.

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