After securing their latest Champions League win with a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, Liverpool are back in Premier League action this weekend with an away clash against West Ham United on Sunday.
The Merseyside club’s previous league outing saw them drop two points at home against Brighton & Hove Albion after being 2-0 up in the first half, ultimately drawing 2-2 with Graham Potter’s side.
Their upcoming league opponents are enjoying an impressive run of form with three wins in their previous three league games, scoring six goals and conceding just once in the process.
In terms of who Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could choose to start the match against West Ham, one player that should be in the running for a place in the starting XI is midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
During his time on the pitch against Atletico in midweek, the midfielder was immense.
Oxlade-Chamberlain managed to have 73 touches of the ball, completed 51 of the 58 passes he attempted at an impressive success rate of 88%.
Furthermore, he successfully completed all five of the dribbles he attempted, proving himself to be a dynamic threat moving forward. Defensively, he won eight out of the 10 duels he was involved in, producing two interceptions and three tackles, ultimately earning himself a solid overall match rating of 8/10 according to SofaScore.
Despite only starting four of the 11 appearances he’s made for the Reds across all competitions so far this season, the £125k-per-week earner has demonstrated that he’s got what it takes to star for the Reds when given the opportunity to do so. Consequently, this is why we think he should keep his place in the team to face West Ham.
Since joining Liverpool from fellow Premier League club Arsenal back in the 2017 summer transfer window for a reported fee of £35m, Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been described by Klopp in the past as “dynamite”, has made a total of 115 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, scoring 14 goals and providing 13 assists along the way.
When you consider Naby Keita suffered a hamstring injury during the game against Brighton, and then how well Oxlade-Chamberlain performed against Atletico, we feel that not only should he be in the starting XI but that his inclusion would give Klopp’s side a great chance of securing a positive result against David Moyes side who are just two points behind the Reds.