Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham thinks that Liverpool versatile midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can perform a similar role for Jurgen Klopp’s side that Philippe Coutinho used to.
England international midfielder is still trying to regain full match fitness after being on the sidelines following the ACL injury that he has picked up in the Champion League semi-final against AS Roma back in 2018.
It was announced on Thursday evening that he signed a new long-term deal with the club.
When played centrally in 2018, he found space between attack and midfield, founding back of th nets and driving the team forward, most memorably against Man City in both domestic and Europe competitions.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Higginbotham said: “The way Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plays, he wants to get forward from midfield.
“Roberto Firmino likes to drop deep, so there is going to be space in behind for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to get into. That’s something he was doing really well before he picked up his injury.”
Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is keen to make up for lost time having put pent on a paper and extended his stay at Anfield.
The England international midfielder made just two appearances last campaign after being sidelined with a serious knee injury, has agreed on a contract extension with the Reds that will keep him at Anfield until 2023.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who moved to the Merseyside Reds from the Gunners in the summer of 2017 for £35million, has already made more appearences this season than he did in the previous year.
“I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign,” he told liverpoolfc.com.