Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took time to find his feet when he arrived at Liverpool from Arsenal last summer.
Once he did, though, he was a regular feature on the teamsheet – showing the zest and eye for goal that was lacking in the closing stages of his career at the Emirates.
The midfielder, who is valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, made 42 appearances in all competitions before getting struck down with a serious injury.
During the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final victory over Roma, Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knee injury that ended his season and chances of making England’s World Cup squad.
Georginio Wijnaldum stepped in and managed to keep things ticking during his teammate’s absence.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a fight to get back into the first XI following the arrival of new signings and potential fresh faces.
Naby Keita will move to Anfield from RB Leipzig this summer, while the Liverpool Echo claims that Nabil Fekir is on the verge of joining from Lyon.
Both of these midfielders are fairly versatile, so Oxlade-Chamberlain’s role could be safe, but it has led some Reds fans to question it on social media.
Feel a bit rough for Ox tonight. That one tackle ended his season, saw him miss CL Final, World Cup, and now LFC have bought 3 superb players who play in central midfield. Still think he’ll have a huge role to play when he gets fit again, though ?
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) June 7, 2018
All these players will play 30+ games min with all the fixtures. If your good enough you’ll play. Squad depth looking so much better already
— STUD (@stud1979) June 8, 2018
No 3 of our midfield will be guaranteed starters. It’s not just about the 3 we’ve bought. I expect to see more rotation next season with plenty of games for all
— Paul Tabley (@PaulTabley1) June 8, 2018
Remember that fekir can also play as a 9 10 and winger ox will get plenty of starts
— Thomas Baillie (@romdog117) June 8, 2018
still dont think fekir plays in our mid. see him playing in the front three with ALOT of roation
— MaGill (@magillx) June 8, 2018
competition brings out the best in players
— luckykel (@kelkasting) June 7, 2018
We have alot of competition to play next season, we need depth in squad, it’s not a crime to win the treble, take all games very serious.
— 46 (@Prodigalangelo) June 8, 2018