Pace and power
Danny Murphy has lavished praise on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as it seems that he thinks the Liverpool midfielder could well be one of the signings of the season for Liverpool, and the options he provides for the club something that Jurgen Klopp can work with and use to his advantage in the tightest of games.
He also added that the future is bright for the midfielder, and that he could work as part of the midfield three for the club.
He is as powerful and as quick as you can get the middle of the pitch and I think a midfield three of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho is superb.
Like Manchester City, where Fernandinho sits that would be Henderson, you could have Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right like Kevin De Bruyne and Coutinho playing the David Silva role. I am not saying it is as strong as City but it gives Liverpool a different option.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is strong on the ball, can mix it up, does not mind defending and his end product is getting better. He needs to create and score more if he is going to be a regular in this team but I love his energy and would start him tonight.
Another thing Murphy pointed out was the fact that the Ox should be looking towards the England set up in terms of Russia in 2018, and that he gives a lot to the side – and the key to him getting in the England squad and starting is playing well with Liverpool, which is of course happening now and he could even become a regular starter for the club in his favoured position of central midfield, which would of course help his England case.
Before the last World Cup in Brazil he played in a couple of warm-up games in midfield and Roy Hodgson was raving about him.
I thought he was a great buy for Liverpool. He could push his way into the England side in central midfield for the World Cup if he keeps playing, because there is a gap there for England and he has all the abilities to fill it.