Liverpool journalist Theo Squires has been sharing his thoughts on Reds midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his future at Anfield.
This comes after Squires made an appearance on a recent episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red Podcast where he spoke about a variety of topics concerning the Merseyside club.
On the subject of Oxlade-Chamberlain and his future at Liverpool, Squires had this to say on the matter.
He said: “When you think of all the injured players Liverpool have got, he’s probably one of the ones that I’d like to keep hold of the most because you know he’s got it in his locker and it’s not a case of him being injury-prone, he’s just been unlucky, and it’s been these long-term injuries once or twice.
“We know he’s got the talent; we know he’s a likeable lad, you just want to go out and get the chance to prove it and fortunately for him, he’s very versatile. The fact that he could play at wing-back, play either flank, he could play central-midfield, he could play up front.
“He could be a very vital player for Liverpool in the season.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool back in 2017 from fellow Premier League side Arsenal for a fee of £34.2 million.
Since then, the 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £16.2 million, has made 104 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side in which he has managed to chip in with 14 goals and 11 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Theo Squires’ comments on Oxlade-Chamberlain…
As Squires mentioned in the podcast, the Englishman has, unfortunately, had his fair share of injury issues throughout his career.
Do you think Oxlade-Chamberlain will have a big season with Liverpool this year?
In our view, if Oxlade-Chamberlain can keep his fitness in check and avoid picking up any serious injuries, we see no reason why the midfielder can’t have a successful season with Liverpool and force his way into Klopp’s regularly starting XI, even though he only started two out of the 13 Premier League games he played in last season.
Also, with Liverpool saying goodbye to Georginio Wijnaldum at the end of last season, this could potentially give Oxlade-Chamberlain the chance to prove himself to be a suitable replacement for the Dutchman, who played more minutes in the Premier League than any other Reds midfielder last season.