Martin Keown names Liverpool FC star who has turned corner under Jurgen Klopp
The Arsenal legend believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned a corner since his move to Liverpool FC
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned a corner at Liverpool FC before his season-ending injury last week, Martin Keown has claimed.
The England international moved to Liverpool FC in a £40m deal from their top-four rivals Arsenal in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Oxlade-Chamberlain opted to move to the Reds despite the offer of a new contract from the north London side.
Chelsea FC were also interested in the 24-year-old but Oxlade-Chamberlain opted to move to the club that he supported as a boy.
The summer signing initially made a slow start to his Liverpool FC career as Jurgen Klopp used the versatile midfielder sparingly.
However, the former Saints starlet came into his own in the second half of the season with a goal in a 4-3 win over Manchester City in the league.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal and made an assist in Liverpool FC’s 5-1 aggregate win against the Citizens in the Champions League last eight.
However, his season was cut short following a serious knee problem in Liverpool FC’s 5-2 victory over AS Roma in the semi-finals last week.
And Arsenal legend Keown admitted that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury was a hammer-blow after his progress at Liverpool FC this term.
“It looked like Oxlade-Chamberlain had cracked the nut. Jurgen Klopp had found him the perfect position on the right side of a midfield three,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“It will hurt that he would miss the Champions League final and the World Cup.”
He added: “If Liverpool win the Champions League, Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves a medal as much as any of his team-mates. His contribution against Manchester City alone makes him more than worthy.”