Well, a slip in form couldn’t have come at a worse time possible for Liverpool, could it?
While they’ve remained defensively impenetrable, their misfiring attack’s disabling them from churning out wins. To make things worse, their midfield’s shown little signs of creativity and been the root cause of all their frustrations.
While Fabinho’s been a commendable figure guarding his defence and Georgino Wijnaldum’s legs in midfield have helped them, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita have been held back by underperforming. Too much pressure is on the trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah to create and score their own goals, with Liverpool’s full-backs also doing more work than their midfielders.
However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return can fix their midfield issues. The energetic midfielder, who’s been out for nearly a year, is poised to return for Liverpool’s U-23 side this Friday (via the BBC.)
Chamberlain was a revelation in Jurgen Klopp’s system last season, shifting into a new midfield role effortlessly. He worked hard, did his defensive duties well and also helped the Reds drive forward. The fact that he made 7 assists, created 5 big chances and recorded 13 accurate through balls in the Premier League (stats via Premier League) proves how effective he was in lighting up their midfield.
The 25-year-old’s adapted to a central role impressively and possesses the urgency and creativity missing in Liverpool’s midfield currently. While Klopp will immerse him back into the fray easily, he needs the Ox to get back to his rhythm and spark up their dull midfield quickly.
Liverpool fans, do you think Chamberlain can help rejuvenate the Reds’ midfield? Join the discussion by commenting below.