Danny Mills has hailed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the most improved player at Liverpool this season but questions where he fits into Jurgen Klopp’s system.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England defender revealed how impressed he has been by the England midfielder’s impact since his return from a horror injury that sidelined him for a year.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started only five of Liverpool’s 16 league matches this season and was omitted from tonight’s starting XI in the 2-0 win against Salzburg in the Champions League.
However, the attacking midfielder was involved in the squad and celebrated heartily with Mohamed Salah when he scored the second goal that put Liverpool into the knockout stages once again.
Asked by Football Insider to name the most improved player at Liverpool’s this season, Mills said: “I think Oxlade-Chamberlain has been superb…but where does he fit in Liverpool’s system? That’s a slight conundrum.
“If you’re gonna play Fabinho, you can play Henderson as well who offers something
“But Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t offer that, as his first thought is always, ‘can I get forward, score goals?’ So you’re taking something away defensively to play him and in some games that can cause an issue.
“So it’s just Klopp working out that dynamic, but Oxlade-Chamberlain has been superb for
Liverpool and England, but where does he fit in Liverpool’s team in big games?
“As due to the attacking full-backs they need to be a little more defensive in midfield.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made just five leagues starts among his 18 appearances this season, more than half of which have come from the bench.
However, he scored the opener in last Saturday’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth, his fifth goal of the campaign so far.
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