When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed his £35m move from Arsenal to Liverpool in the summer it wasn’t the marquee signing the fans had been craving throughout the summer, however fast forward seven months Oxlade-Chamberlain is playing the best football of his career and has been revitalised under Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision to turn down a new deal at Arsenal and swap North London for Merseyside last summer was something that raised a lot of eyebrows within the football world, people would already start to question if he was good enough for Liverpool before he had even kicked a ball for his new club.
Life at a new club for every player is always hard and time is needed for the player to become accustomed to their new surroundings, for Chamberlain this was no different he endured a torrid start to his Liverpool career. His debut came as a substitute at the Etihad in September during the 5-0 drubbing to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
He was handed his first start for Liverpool away at Leicester City in the League cup 3rd round playing on the right side of the front 3 alongside Phillippe Coutinho and Dom Solanke. This would be a night to forget for Oxlade-Chamberlain who looked completely out of his depth for the entirety of the game and questions were yet again raised as to what Liverpool had gotten themselves into when signing the 24-year-old Englishman just weeks before.
There had never been any doubting if Oxlade-Chamberlain had the potential; he has the raw attributes, pace, power and athleticism however the biggest question was about his consistency at the top level and being able to be the player we all know he can become.
The sale of Phillippe Coutinho in January couldn’t have come at a better time for Oxlade-Chamberlain, following his move to Barcelona there would now become a vacant Centre Midfield spot and Chamberlain was ready to fight for this with both hands. Being trusted by Jürgen Klopp in this position for the first Premier League game post Coutinho against Manchester City, Chamberlain took the game by storm and opened the scoring with a low driven shot in front of the Kop to put Liverpool 1-0 up. Liverpool would go on to win the game 4-3 and this was arguably one of Chamberlains best performances in a red shirt to date.
Chamberlain having worked with Klopp for just over seven months looks like a completely different player to the one we saw at Arsenal. Playing for one of the most exciting managers in Europe and behind arguably the best attacking trio in Europe this year it’s fair to say Chamberlain looks full of confidence playing the best football of his career to date.
The most recent outings for Chamberlain at Anfield have come against Westham and Newcastle, arguably his two best back to back games for Liverpool with him assisting Mo Salah in both games. Also impressing with his ability to carry the ball from midfield into the final third ,driving at the opposition defences to break them down. For someone who has always been criticised for his lack of end product, Oxlade-Chamberlain is becoming more of an attacking threat each week. This season Chamberlain has already surpassed his highest goal tally he ever managed in a Premier League season with Arsenal (2 league goals), he is currently on 3 league goals this season, finding the back of the net against Westham, Swansea and Manchester City.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is slowly and surely silencing those critics who doubted him upon his arrival on Merseyside, If the first seven months of his Liverpool career are anything to go by then Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool seem to be the perfect match. For a player with so much potential and promise, he looks to be finally discovering himself at Liverpool under Jürgen Klopp.