Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is busy scoring ‘absolute worldies’ in training, according to Pep Lijnders. The 27-year-old has a big summer ahead.
It sounds as though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is impressing in pre-season training. That’s certainly good news.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a difficult few years, dating back to his injury against AS Roma in 2018. He missed virtually the entire 2018/19 campaign as a result and further injuries have kept him out of the side.
The 27-year-old hasn’t had regular football for quite some time, in fact. And it’s a shame – he’s a brilliant player on his day.
He’s one Liverpool could use, too. Gini Wijnaldum’s exit leaves them light in midfield, while Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ability to play on the wing adds great cover to the squad.
Not to mention the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain is just brilliant when at his best. His drive, energy, and ability to storm forward with the ball is unparalleled among the other midfield options.
It’s hard not to think back to that game at Anfield against Manchester City in 2018. The 3-0 win was a wonderful team performance but Oxlade-Chamberlain stole the show.
Getting that kind of player back for next season would be a huge boost to the squad. So it’s nice to hear Pep Lijnders make a special note about his training performances.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scores training worldies
Lijnders is keeping a pre-season diary for Liverpoolfc.com and there’s some wonderful insight in there. One standout mention this time around was for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“I also have to highlight that Ox has scored some absolute worldies in training in these last few days,” says Lijnders. “And you absolutely love to see it!”
That’s the Oxlade-Chamberlain we know and love. Someone who can pick up the ball and pull off unpredictable brilliance.
Lijnders feeling he had to mention it is a great sign that the confidence is coming back – the worldies must be at least semi-frequent.
So, hopefully, Oxlade-Chamberlain can remain injury free. Do that, and Liverpool’s entire squad looks stronger.