Pundit expects Liverpool pair to make way for Oxlade-Chamerlain

Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has predicted who he thinks will be forced out of the Liverpool team to make way for new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Before moving to Anfield from Arsenal on deadline day, the England international made it clear that he wants to play more centrally.

Throughout his six years with the Gunners, he was generally used on the wing and more recently by manager Arsene Wenger as a wing-back.

Oxlade-Chamberlain could get his wish to play through the middle at Liverpool, but that means that Jurgen Klopp will have to shake up his current XI.

Keown, who played for Arsenal between 1993 and 2004, has suggested that Emre Can or Georginio Wijnaldum will be the ones to miss out.

The retired defender has concerns that Oxlade-Chamberlain may not thrive in that area, but due to the 24-year-old’s experience in the game, he has “no excuse” not to perform.

Keown wrote in the Daily Mail:

“I can see him playing in midfield instead of Can or Wijnaldum, but I am intrigued to see if Jurgen Klopp can make him the complete player. It is no longer about promise with Oxlade-Chamberlain – it’s all about end product.

“It was interesting watching him for England in the last two games. Whenever he had the ball, he kept trying to do the impossible. We have only ever seen 80 per cent of what Oxlade-Chamberlain is capable of. Now, he has no excuse but to deliver.”

The former Southampton player could get his debut in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff against Manchester City.