When Liverpool signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £ 34m from Arsenal on the August 2017 transfer deadline, some were not sure how the Englishman would fit into Liverpool's system.
Arrived at Arsenal after a series of injuries during his six-year tenure, he arrived at Anfield to prove he was. During his time in northern London he had been used as a winger, midfielder and even full-back.
However, it was clear that Liverpool's hierarchy saw the potential in midfield just because Jürgen Klopp spoke of Oxlade-Chamberlain as he signed for the Reds.
The German described him as a "positive" player who is "willing to take risks" and "has the mentality and desire to become even better".
Following an injury in April 201
Liverpool commits very few players to the transfer market this summer Many fans suggested that the return of the long-term injured Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita would be like signing up to use an old cliché.
The England midfielder played a key role in Liverpool's 2-1 away win over Southampton last weekend and looks to be n To the delight of Klopp and his staff, he is back in shape.
There is also the news that Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a new long-term contract that will leave him with Anfield until 2023.
The new and improved deal is a reward for his dedicated return to the first team after a 12-month injury break.
Not only that, but also that Klopp offers the English international a brilliant future.
He offers different qualities to Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner and could close the gap in the scoring gap between Liverpool's first three and midfield.
During his most impressive period in a Liverpool jersey, Oxlade-Chamberlain has proven he can add Liverpool's midfield to the much-needed goals.
Goal scores (three goals and seven assists) in the 2017/18 Premier League season have shown he has increased the attack value.
Liverpool's midfield three, Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum, was often criticized as being too secure a threat with Oxlade-Chamberlain.
This additional threat has defensive disadvantages and is not used every week. However, it is clear that his additional threat of attack will be a welcome return.
Comparing Oxlade-Chamberlain's participation In the midfield, we can see that this will further improve the playing field.
Henderson scored only one goal and three assists in the league last season, while Wijnaldum scored only three goals Klopp's favored midfield duo has little threat alongside Fabinho.
Therefore, this additional dimension offered by Oxlade-Chamberlain suggests that Liverpool's midfield could bring an improvement this season.
Confidence in the top three places to continue scoring goals is not a long-term solution.
Importantly, Klopp clearly prefers midfield rotation, the system in which his midfield Playing calls for constant inte change to keep things fresh.
For a system that needs to be implemented by high-powered personnel, Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly will not play 90 minutes every week.
Essentially the most important thing to remember is that the England international adds another dimension to Liverpool's midfield.
His additional attack threat and goal shooting ability will be a welcome return to an area that sometimes lacks offensive creativity.
When Oxlade-Chamberlain should stay fit Over the course of the season, he becomes a crucial gear in Klopp's midfield.
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