The English international is more at home in midfield, but Jurgen Klopp has experimented with him as a central striker.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is up for the challenge of Liverpool to offer a central striking alternative to Roberto Firmino.
The English international made his name as a midfielder, but Jurgen Klopp experimented with him as a No. 9 during the preseason.
There is a lack of depth in that position at Anfield with the Brazilian star Firmino the chief for the Reds, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to act if necessary.
What was said?
“It’s a new little role out there that I really enjoy,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool Official Website, with Firmino still returning for the preseason after exploiting the Copa America.
‘It’s similar to the way the more advanced midfielder plays in the team, but a little different defensively to get used to. Bobby does it better than anyone in world football, so it’s not easy to follow him.
“In possession you can take nice positions and get on the ball. If I play in that position more often, my most important thing is to contribute with goals, because we create a lot in and around that area. Even if I’m in an advanced midfield, I feel I can score goals from that area. ‘
How many goals did Oxlade-Chamberlain score?
The 27-year-old has never been prolific, with double figures achieved in just one season – and that was in league one with Southampton in 2010-11.
His best return for Liverpool came in 2019-20 when he contributed eight in all competitions as Klopp’s men won the Premier League title.
In total, Oxlade-Chamberlain has 14 goals from 104 games for the Reds and 44 in 345 heats in his club career as a whole. He managed seven for his country out of 35 citizens.
Liverpool are counting down the days until their season opener against Norwich on 14 August, with friendly matches against Athletic Club and Osasuna ahead of time.