Pundit poses interesting question about Liverpool FC signing

Andy Townsend believes Liverpool FC signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could struggle to get a place in Jurgen Klopp's starting line-up

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Andy Townsend has questioned where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will fit in the Liverpool side.

The England international completed a £40m move to Liverpool from their title rivals Arsenal on Thursday’s transfer deadline day.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has moved to Liverpool to kickstart his Premier League career and compete for a starting spot in midfield.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been using the 24-year-old in a wing-back role with mixed success over the past six months or so.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain is thought to be keen to establish himself as a midfield player at the Merseyside club.

The new signing was part of the Arsenal team that suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend.

Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum produced dominant performances in midfield to help the Reds get over the line.

Brazil international Philippe Coutinho and ex Southampton captain Adam Lallana are still to return from injury, too.

Former Chelsea defender Townsend suggested that Oxlade-Chamberlain could struggle to get into the Liverpool team.

“Where is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain going to play for Liverpool? Is he going to get in the team ahead of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho (who will stay), Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner?” Townsend told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I think the key factor is how he feels Jurgen Klopp will develop him. He’s gone to improve himself.”

Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table thanks to successive top-flight victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

The Reds will make the trip to Manchester City in the Premier League next weekend.

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