Jürgen Klopp is adamant that Liverpool won’t be dipping into the January transfer market to bolster their squad and aid their title push in the second half of the season, but the imminent return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be as good as a new signing for the Reds.
The former Southampton and Arsenal midfielder was an eyebrow-raising £35million acquisition in the summer of 2017, but he soon proved to be a perfect fit for Klopp’s system and a key player as Liverpool secured a top-four place and embarked upon a run to the Champions League final.
A serious knee injury suffered in April last year meant that Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid and has been ruled out for the whole of the current season so far.
But the England international has returned to light training this week and is scheduled to make his first-team comeback in March, after almost a year away.
With Liverpool chasing a first league title in 29 years, hunted down by reigning champions Manchester City, the addition of a dynamic and versatile midfielder such as Oxlade-Chamberlain is a welcome boost.
But where will the 25-year-old slot back into the Reds’ line-up? And will he be as effective in the 4-2-3-1 shape Klopp has favoured of late as he was in last season’s 4-3-3? In the above video, we take a look.