Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain featured in his favoured position of midfield against Norwich yesterday, which could mean the end for an experiment that we saw in pre-season.
The Reds ran out as 3-0 winner at Carrow Road in what was an impressive win.
With Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson all back late to pre-season, Jurgen Klopp gave a chance to some other midfielders.
Joining Oxlade-Chamberlain in the middle of the park were James Milner and Naby Keita.
While none of the three gave astonishing displays, they were solid and helped the side to their win.
For Oxlade-Chamberlain, it was a return to his favoured position after featuring as a false 9 in pre-season.
Hopefully, this will be the end of the experiment and he will continue in midfield going forward.
Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to be in midfield and it’s where he is at his best
The 28-year-old has made no secret that he sees himself as a midfielder.
Speaking to LFC TV last month, he said: “I don’t mind doing that role [the false 9], but I’ve still got my head more fixed on the midfield situation.”
After all, a big reason for his move to Liverpool was because he wanted to play in the centre after spending a lot of time out wide for Arsenal.
We agree with Ox. We think that he is at his best playing as a No 8.
He will have better games than he did against Norwich. The big plus point of him playing is that he offers explosivity from deep, which not many other Liverpool midfielders do.
He tries things, and they don’t always work. But when they come off, the team benefits.
For anyone that doesn’t think he can do it, go watch the Champions League game against Atletico Madrid at Anfield in 2019/20. Oxlade-Chamberlain was the best player on the pitch and almost won us the game.
If he stays fit, then we really think that he can contribute from that midfield role.
Hopefully, we won’t see him as a false 9 any time soon.