Danny Murphy: This 26-year-old can add ‘something extra’ to Liverpool FC

Liverpool FC legend Danny Murphy is confident Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can play a big role at the Anfield side

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Photo: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain / Instagram)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can add something extra to Liverpool FC’s midfield this season, Danny Murphy has claimed.

The England international has struggled to break into the Liverpool FC starting XI since his return from a long-term knee problem.

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed most of the 2018-19 season as the 26-year-old recovered from knee ligament damage.

The former Arsenal midfielder sustained the injury in Liverpool FC’s 5-2 win over AS Roma in April 2018 after hitting top form at Anfield.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain has found his route to the first-team more congested following the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita last summer.

The English midfielder scored five times in 42 games in his first full season at Liverpool FC.

And former Reds midfielder Murphy believes Oxlade-Chaberlain can play a big role for Liverpool FC in the title race.

“This season will be a big season for Oxlade-Chamberlain to impress if he can stay fit,” Murphy told SportingBet. “He is dynamic and a more forward-thinking player than Milner, Henderson or Fabinho.

“He adds something extra and creative to the Liverpool line up but his biggest challenge is staying fit.

“He is a great player – we’ve seen before how well he plays in a Liverpool shirt and we will see it again when he’s fully match fit.

“Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to steadily progress and up his game time by getting involved in the first team games.

“Klopp would have had Oxlade-Chamberlain in mind when he didn’t buy anyone in the summer transfer window and he will be eyeing him up for more game time.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Liverpool FC in a £40m deal from Arsenal in the 2017 summer transfer window.

The Reds midfielder was an unused substitute in their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final back in June.

Liverpool FC will be hoping to win their first Premier League title this season after they finished a point adrift of champions Manchester City last term.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was a noticeable absentee from Jurgen Klopp’s matchday squad for the visit of Leicester on Saturday.

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