Liverpool midfield duo Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been described as “like two new signings” by former Arsenal man Paul Merson.
The pundit believes that they’ll both give Jurgen Klopp more options in the coming weeks and months, after they’ve managed to shake off long-term injuries.
“This week Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana have come back, scored goals, and I think for me that will be like two new signings for them,” Merson’s quoted as saying by the Express.
“Ox was a top player before he got injured and he still is a top player. It’s going to take time though, it was a big injury that he had, and he needs game time. It’s so hard to fit him in and get him this game time.”
It’s hard to argue against the fact that both Lallana and Ox have been valuable squad players in recent weeks, but I’m not so sure both are destined to have long-term futures at Anfield.
Lallana seemed, to me, like a bit of a wild card when Klopp threw him on at Old Trafford – it paid off, but I’m not certain it’s a plan the boss will look to replicate.
Ox, on the other hand, I think, does have a long-term future with Liverpool. He’s suffered from injures since joining the Reds, but I think we’ll see his true value if he can remain fit.