By Harry Sykes
Martin Keown has claimed Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum are most at risk of losing their places in the Liverpool team following the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The England international, 24, ended his six-year stay with Arsenal last week as he completed a £35million move to the Merseyside giants.
The versatile midfielder has often expressed his desire to play in the centre of the park and Jurgen Klopp could look to play him in that role, while he is also very capable out wide.
Oxlade-Chamberlain played in a right-sided attacking midfield role for England during their two World Cup qualifiers and slotted in at a right wing-back for Arsenal previous to his transfer.
BBC pundit Keown believes that Liverpool’s new signing has been earmarked to play in his favourite central midfield role rather than out wide.
“I can see him playing in midfield instead of Can or Wijnaldum — but I am intrigued to see if Jurgen Klopp can make him the complete player,” Keown told the Mail. “It is no longer about promise with Oxlade-Chamberlain — it’s all about end product.
“It was interesting watching him for England in the last two games. Whenever he had the ball, he kept trying to do the impossible. We have only ever seen 80 per cent of what Oxlade-Chamberlain is capable of. Now, he has no excuse but to deliver.”
Liverpool usually operate with a three-man midfield and it’s believed the team’s high intensity style could suit Oxalde-Chamberlain.
The Reds captain Jordan Henderson is an ever-present in the side this season and Can and Wijnaldum have been selected alongside him to make up a midfield triumvirate.
Can is a big favourite of Klopp and has started the season in brilliant form.
The German international has chipped in with two goals in his opening four games and has impressed fans with the way he has dominated games.
Meanwhile, Wijnaldum has also performed consistently since joining from Newcastle last summer.
In other Liverpool news, Paul Ince has predicted the club’s upcoming game against Man City.