Liverpool are going to have to get creative this season. The Reds, as ever, are having to sell-to-buy, this means that we’ll have to make use of the full squad to cover positions we can’t afford to strengthen. Jürgen Klopp has said it is definitely an option to use Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a striker.
Liverpool need a striker
Last season we saw the goals dry up for the Reds.
The front line looked figured out and fatigued.
A lack of depth led to the front three becoming utterly knackered come the end of the season.
Whilst an element of complacency has crept in due to the lack of competition.
We need to invest in an out and out finisher to come in and push Roberto Firmino for his place in the side.
Jürgen Klopp on Oxlade-Chamberlain as striker
This week the Reds took on Stuttgart in a pre-season mini-game.
The lads lined up with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing as a striker.
The Ox performed the role admirably, getting on the ball regularly and using it well.
Speaking after the game, Jürgen Klopp said of the decision:
“Ox you could see in the first few minutes immediately that it is an option [to use him as a striker], definitely. We will see how that goes on.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool using Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is uninspiring to say the least.
He is a good footballer but we need a big upgrade on Roberto Firmino finishing wise, we need an instinctive striker.
The Ox isn’t an instinctive striker, he is a makeshift backup.
If the ex-Arsenal man can get some minutes in the midfield next season then we’ll be delighted.
However, he shouldn’t be our backup striker.