Paul Merson says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fits at Liverpool

22 December, 2017, 02:09 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Liverpool travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal on Friday, and Klopp is expecting a change of tactics from Arsene Wenger's men due to Olivier Giroud's injury.

He fits into Liverpool's system a lot better than he would playing wing-back for Arsenal. At the start of the season we had four players with one year to go [Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere]. It is not always the same - it depends on their personnel.

"They have plenty of offensive players, and looking at them recently they have changed a lot of their team [between games]. I like it, but he has so much potential it's unbelievable, what he still not shows", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

Predicting a Liverpool starting XI this season under tinkerman Jurgen Klopp is only marginally more hard than forecasting the outcome of a social function involving the England cricket team. People didn't hesitate to say: "That's why we need a new left-back".

"Going forward they are enormous, but defensively they aren't as strong. Kolasinac will be available for Friday", he said.

Liverpool are a point ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table ahead of their clash tomorrow, with Jurgen Klopp's side also boasting a superior goal difference.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain started in that game despite the uncertainty about his future, and he was among the players who was most heavily criticised for a lacklustre performance, but Wenger did not want to single out that decision as his main regret from the game.

He said: "It's all so different, he has become more and more a Liverpool player".

'After that, on the other side, you analyse "did you make mistakes or not?"

"When you have such a long career like I have, you have some defeats, unfortunately, that hurt you for the rest of your life", he conceded.

Germany global Shkodran Mustafi returned to first team training this week and is expected to feature on Friday night.

That is a very courageous thing to say as it is clear that our strikers have lost their scoring boots at the moment, but I guess our luck in front of goal must change at some point.

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