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Liverpool’s Forgotten Man Seized His Chance vs Atlético And Could Be Handed A Start.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fighting for his Liverpool future. His Atlético cameo must set the tone for the coming weeks in order to win over Jürgen Klopp.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain relished a productive cameo in the 3-2 win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

One of the themes emerging from Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League was the bright cameo from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Oxlade-Chamberlain entered the game fairly late on in proceedings, replacing James Milner in the middle of the park with around 25 minutes remaining.

The England international showed good intentions with his minutes on the pitch, buzzing around the Atlético players and on one occasion forcing Jan Oblak into a good save with a firmly-struck rocket.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain completed 14 of his 15 passes in the game, and generally impressed the Liverpool fan base during his brief outing. He used his minutes wisely, adding an element of control as the game threatened to descend into chaos.

The outing gave those same fans hope that the 28-year-old can make a breakthrough and force his way back into Jürgen Klopp’s thinking.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered from a lack of playing time over the course of the last year. The midfielder has been used sparingly by the German coach, accumulating a total of just 95 minutes playing time in the Premier League this season.

Moreover, this number decreases sharply for European games. In Liverpool’s three Champions League games thus far, he’s played a total of 50 minutes, with half of them coming in Madrid.

Oxlade-Chamberlain started the opening day of the season in the win against Norwich but failed to make his mark in the game. He was withdrawn after 61 minutes and has only started once since coincidentally, in the Carabao Cup game against Norwich.

The man signed from Arsenal for £35m is running out of time at Liverpool. His contract expires in two years, and it’s expected that it won’t be renewed.

The club would have likely sold him last summer, but there wasn’t any genuine interest from clubs in the Premier League, or if there was, they only wanted him on loan for the season, whereas Liverpool would only consider a permanent sale.

We have seen flashes of the old Oxlade-Chamberlain before, but he’s never been able to capitalize on it and push his way into the starting XI.

A lack of consistency is much tougher to survive when you play here and there, more so when you consider the harshness of his knee injury three and a half years ago against Roma — not to mention the next knee issue sustained last year.

It has been noted by The Mirror that Oxlade-Chamberlain is contemplating his future at Anfield, with the player “reluctant to leave Anfield but remains ambitious and wants to play games.” It’s also been stated that he would consider a return to Arsenal to try and play his way back into the England squad.

Unfortunately, Oxlade-Chamberlain finds himself in a position where he’s been overtaken in the pecking order by the likes of Naby Keïta, Curtis Jones, and even Harvey Elliott, before his untimely injury against Leeds.

It remains to be seen if he can rescue his Liverpool career at this stage. But with Keïta struggling against Atlético and Liverpool’s midfield looking a little threadbare at the moment, this could be the opportunity for him to push his way into the starting XI with more regularity.

It’s unlikely that Klopp Utilized Oxlade-Chamberlain from the start against Manchester United this weekend, but he could repeat his cameo appearance once more.

And if he outdoes as he did against Atlético Madrid, then Klopp may be more open to rebuilding his faith in him.

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