Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has been very impressed by the recent form of Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for club and country.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson praised the ex-Arsenal man’s “energy up the right-hand side” with Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold and lauded the manner in which he returned from a year-long layoff with a serious knee injury to win back his place in the national team.
The 40-year-old told Football Insider: “His energy up the right-hand side with Alexander-Arnold worked very, very well. He took his goal superb, you can see he’s a player in form because his first touch was perfect.
“I think it’s the icing on the cake for the way he’s been playing. He’s come back from injury, he’s forced his way into the Liverpool side, made an impact on a team already flying at the top of the Premier League, which is very difficult to do. He’s been like a new signing for them.
“He’s got into the international side, started the game and scored a brilliant goal.”
It’s little surprise that Robinson has been so wholesome in his praise of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has bounced back from his 12-month injury absence with aplomb.
Although he has still started just two Premier League games so far this season, the 26-year-old has made the most of the two Champions League starts he was handed against Genk recently, scoring twice in the 4-1 win in Belgium and netting the winner in the return fixture at Anfield. [via TransferMarkt]
He was also on target against his former club Arsenal when the Reds defeated the Gunners on penalties in the Carabao Cup at the end of October. [via BBC]
Such has been his impact at Liverpool that he has gone from not scoring in 18 months to becoming the team’s third-highest scorer of the season in the space of a fortnight, with his four-goal tally one ahead of forward Roberto Firmino.
Even though Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t yet been able to win back a regular Premier League starting spot, his sudden goal-scoring impact from midfield has been very pleasing to see and, like Robinson has suggested, it’s almost as if the Reds have made a potent addition to their squad from last season without needing to dip into their transfer kitty.
Liverpool fans, do you agree with Robinson’s remark that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s revival feels like a new signing? Share your views in the comments section below!
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