Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has praised Liverpool attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, after his man-of-the-match performance against Bournemouth on Sunday, but believes he will face serious competition from the returning Adam Lallana.
Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed as the Reds ran out 4-0 winners at the Vitality Stadium to extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions and move up to fourth place in the Premier League table.
Meanwhile, Lallana came on for the final 19 minutes after recovering from a thigh injury he sustained in the summer, for his second appearance of the season.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp is impressed with Oxlade-Chamberlain and believes he has improved under the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, after joining from top-four rivals Arsenal in the summer.
“There are vast improvements in his game. When he went to Arsenal, for years I felt he stood still,” he told Sky Sports.
“He picked up a lot of injuries, and I know what that is like, it can be demoralising, but even when he got fit, he didn’t have that sharpness.
“What I am seeing here is that he is becoming a real player under Jurgen Klopp. He seems to be learning to play in that position he is in.”
However, Redknapp believes the 24-year-old will face strong competition from his Liverpool and England teammate Lallana, for a place in Klopp’s starting XI.
“The problem he is going to have now is that Adam Lallana is back to full fitness now. There is a lot of competition in that midfield, but if he carries on playing like that, then he is going to be hard to dislodge,” he said.
Oxlade-Chamberlain ran the show for Liverpool against the Cherries on Sunday afternoon and was denied the goal his performance deserved when he hit the woodwork.
Philippe Coutinho put the Reds ahead after 20 minutes with a fine individual goal, before defender Dejan Lovren added a second with a header six minutes later.
Mohamed Salah made it 3-0 before half-time and Roberto Firmino scored in the second half as Jurgen Klopp’s side totally dominated.
Liverpool face Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night, with both clubs separated by just one point in the Premier League table.
In other Liverpool news, this is how Reds fans reacted to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s display against Bournemouth.