Jurgen Klopp says that he wants to make sure £35m signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the pitch ‘as much as possible’, despite many supporters suggesting he’ll only be used as a sub this term.
The manager also discussed where the Englishman will be used on the pitch – notably claiming that he’s an option for the flanks as well as his desired no.8 role.
“[He can play] a few positions. He’s a very good football player, good in small spaces, good in big spaces,” he told Goal.
“You want to have him on the pitch as often as possible, and he fits really well in different lineups.
“In the system we play in this moment he can play four positions, both No. 8s and both wingers.”
We can’t see Oxlade-Chamberlain starting tomorrow against Manchester City, though.
Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum have been automatic picks centrally so far this term, but Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain have now entered the fray to challenge them.
The skipper is most certain to keep his place, as he’s the deep-lying anchor, but Can is simply in such superb form that he’s undroppable.
Perhaps Wijnaldum’s spot is the one Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain can compete for.