Jurgen Klopp’s team selections have made it nigh on impossible for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita to make an impact at Liverpool.
That is according to ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after FC Inter 1908 reported that Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed an informal pre-contract deal with Inter Milan.
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita have struggled with injuries during their time at Anfield, with the likes of Wijnaldum generally preferred by Klopp in the starting XI.
The pair have missed a combined total of 132 matches for Liverpool through injury over the last four seasons.
Keita was recalled for Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to Fulham as Liverpool’s miserable run continued.
Klopp has selected Keita seven times in the starting XI in the league in 2020-21, while Oxlade-Chamberlain has started just twice.
Campbell argues that Klopp’s team selections have made it hard for the two midfielders to find any semblance of rhythm in the first-team.
“The team for two years has been so consistent,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“How are you gonna change that team when the first XI for the last two or three years has been maybe the most consistent team on the planet?
“It’s difficult to get in. This is why you have these players in reserve so if ever one leaves, someone else can come in.
“Unless you play consistently, it’s going to be difficult to get the rhythm. Wijnaldum has definitely had the rhythm for the last few seasons.
“The only way you’re going to know if either player has fully recovered from his injury is if he comes in and plays regularly. This is the issue.
“Him [Oxlade-Chamberlain] being fit the last few months is one thing. But he hasn’t been a regular for two years. That’s a long time.
“It’s easier to keep playing to come in and go out. You get the rhythm of the team, the rhythm of the game. When you’re stopping and starting, it’s just not the same.”
Football Insider revealed in February that Liverpool expect to recoup no more than £30million for Keita should they choose to cash-in in the summer.
He has played 72 times for Liverpool since signing in 2018, while Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the previous summer and has featured on 97 occasions.