Paul Robinson claims that Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is causing manager Jurgen Klopp a “real headache” with his impressive performances over the last couple of weeks.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper says that the midfielder has done magnificently to come back from his serious injury layoff and make a significant impact on the side this season.
The 26-year-old continued to steal the limelight on Tuesday night by scoring his fourth goal of the campaign against Genk, having also netted twice against the Belgian’s in the reverse tie.
However, having played out on the wing at Anfield, Robinson says that the versatile talent is giving Klopp serious food for thought when it comes to his nailed on starting attackers.
Robinson told Football Insider: “It is credit to him that he is able to come back and have an impact on a team of Liverpool’s level, with what they’ve achieved over the last 12, 18 months, to be able to one, break into that team but two, to have such an impact shows you where he’s at.
“I think the front three are an automatic pick. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, they’re his front three and they’re a formidable front three. I think Oxlade-Chamberlain’s an excellent option should one of those not be available.
“He gives him (Klopp) a real headache in midfield. I think he’s one of those players putting his hand up and saying he’s got to play.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out on the majority of the 2018/19 season as a result of a ruptured cruciate ligament, managing to play just twice in the Premier League towards the end of the campaign.
This term has seen him feature 13 times across all competitions for the Reds, although only two of those have come as starts in the top flight.
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