Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has backed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to become a more regular presence in Liverpool’s line-up after his impressive run of form.
The 26-year-old midfielder has scored four goals in his last four games for the Reds, but he has yet to nail down a regular place in Jurgen Klopp’s line-up, with just two Premier League starts so far this season.
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Robinson feels that if the ex-Arsenal man keeps up his fine form, he will give his manager “a real headache” when it comes to his team selection, having been sidelined by a year with a serious knee injury before returning to action in April, as per Goal.com.
Speaking about Oxlade-Chamberlain to Football Insider, Robinson said: “It is credit to him that he is able to come back and have an impact on a team of Liverpool’s level, with what they’ve achieved over the last 12, 18 months, to be able to one, break into that team but two, to have such an impact shows you where he’s at.
“I think the front three are an automatic pick. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, they’re his front three and they’re a formidable front three. I think Oxlade-Chamberlain’s an excellent option should one of those not be available.
“He gives him (Klopp) a real headache in midfield. I think he’s one of those players putting his hand up and saying he’s got to play.”
Robinson is right to make a case for Oxlade-Chamberlain to start for Liverpool, given the midfielder’s excellent run of form.
The 26-year-old has scored more goals in the last three weeks than Firmino has managed all season, with the Brazilian last finding the net against Chelsea in September, and only Salah and Mane have higher goal tallies for Liverpool in 2019/20 thus far.
Indeed, he has more goals for Liverpool in his last four games than fellow midfielder Naby Keita has in 41 appearances for the Reds.
Plus, as Robinson has highlighted, Oxlade-Chamberlain can also play in Liverpool’s attack if any of Klopp’s regular front three are unavailable or in need of rest.
Indeed, he played on the left-hand side of the Reds’ attack in the Champions League win over Genk on Tuesday in which he scored the winning goal. [via TransferMarkt]
Far from giving his manager a headache, Oxlade-Chamberlain should be an automatic pick in Klopp’s line-up with the form that he is exhibiting.
Liverpool fans, what do you make of Robinson’s views on Oxlade-Chamberlain? Should he be entrusted to start more regularly on current form? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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