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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3520 on: February 2, 2020, 03:54:43 AM »
Both today and the West Ham goal he just brushes off the opposing player

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3521 on: February 2, 2020, 04:28:02 AM »
7 goals this season - 3 in the PL, 3 in the CL, 1 in the League Cup - in 1,471 minutes played.

That, for a midfield player, is a really great stat! If he can stay injury-free for the rest of the season, he'll get close to 12 goals which would be tremendous considering him not playing regularly and coming back from a massive injury.
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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3522 on: February 2, 2020, 09:17:39 AM »
I'll be honest, when we signed Ox I thought that he was a fairly decent player but was fairly non-plussed, especially given the fee as I thought that there were better options at the time.  Shockingly, Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards appear to know more about football than I do.  I really think that his dynamism is an essential option within the squad and that he is a 'different option' in terms of his style of play to anybody else that we have.  As mentioned by other posters, his ability to hit a shot from range is another real asset and adds yet another 'string to our bow' in an attacking sense.  Aside from that, he seems like a very nice, intelligent lad off the pitch, which can only add to the camaraderie which this team seems to have.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3523 on: February 2, 2020, 09:23:56 AM »
Going to be very interesting to see whether it's him or Fabinho (assuming Henderson and Wijnaldum are immovable for the moment, based on Klopp's history) for the Atletico games. Will be very harsh on whoever doesn't start.

Will be Fabinho without a shadow of a doubt but Ox does give us something different to many of our midfielders. Thought his overall game was up a notch to that at West Ham and he’ll Likely get better with every match now. Delighted for him after his injury troubles

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3524 on: February 2, 2020, 11:37:09 AM »
A remarkable player, and unusual in so many ways. Looks more like a rugby player than a footballer, always looks battle scarred and case hardened, but talks like a toff - considered, courteous and super-articulate. Loves to drive forward with the ball; hits a straight and true longshot; fearless despite a recent injury history which would leave lesser players nervous of engagement. Seems to have been around for ever and yet still fairly young. More openly and demonstrably self-critical than most superstar players, but super-supportive of his team mates.

A gem of a player; if he could command a regular midfield berth he could become a great. You feel there's so much more to come from him, as if he's still not quite fully formed: a fledgling eaglet just trying out its wings and its claws before it begins to soar

He comes over as a very intelligent and articulate young man, to the point where he might not be able to get a job in broadcast media because he's neither controversial enough nor thick enough. I could imagine him writing for one of the better papers, if they still exist, when he retires.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3525 on: February 2, 2020, 11:46:09 AM »
I'm amazed he's playing at this level after that injury.

Someone on Rawk posted a well detailed article last season on his injury and operation and I seriously doubted he would come back half the player he was before.

Simply unbelievable, credit to Ox working hard last season to get back and also the medical team who oversaw his rehabilitation.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3526 on: February 2, 2020, 01:45:54 PM »
I always get excited waiting for him to tee up a shot..
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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3527 on: February 15, 2020, 08:33:43 PM »
Felt that he was a bit lost in that front 3 role and didn't really know what to do with himself and how to use the runs of Robertson.

Granted that he didn't play in that role often and was just a stop gap. I think it was just an intention to get him some game time and he would be back to the middle again.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3528 on: February 15, 2020, 08:38:04 PM »
Felt that he was a bit lost in that front 3 role and didn't really know what to do with himself and how to use the runs of Robertson.

Granted that he didn't play in that role often and was just a stop gap. I think it was just an intention to get him some game time and he would be back to the middle again.

He's never really impressed for us in the front 3 set up. I think he's great when he's driving from the middle, but he's just not a winger or inside forward. You could always see at Arsenal Wenger was using him wrong, when we was barely scoring any for them.

Problem he's having this season, since he came back from the long term injury, is that he's either brilliant or poor, tonight was the latter
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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3529 on: February 15, 2020, 10:38:58 PM »
He's never really impressed for us in the front 3 set up. I think he's great when he's driving from the middle, but he's just not a winger or inside forward. You could always see at Arsenal Wenger was using him wrong, when we was barely scoring any for them.

Problem he's having this season, since he came back from the long term injury, is that he's either brilliant or poor, tonight was the latter

He plays too deep when he's wide and his instinct isn't to run at the fullback. I think he's far more useful in the middle next to Keita or Gini or Hendo wherein he can drive through the middle.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3530 on: February 15, 2020, 10:58:44 PM »
Should have stayed on instead of Keita today based on performance, although the latter needs the minutes..

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« Reply #3531 on: February 15, 2020, 11:01:30 PM »
Should have stayed on instead of Keita today based on performance, although the latter needs the minutes..

Nope. This is completely wrong. Keita was involved all game, was making runs, was driving the ball, and was looking to get some through balls in.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3532 on: February 15, 2020, 11:12:46 PM »
Should have stayed on instead of Keita today based on performance, although the latter needs the minutes..

Think you're forgetting the two changes Klopp made in Mane/Ox and Fab/Gini allowed Jordan the opportunity to pass to Mane for the winner. Keita only got swapped due to his booking.
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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3533 on: February 15, 2020, 11:27:23 PM »
Should have stayed on instead of Keita today based on performance, although the latter needs the minutes..

No way, not just for the sharpness reason but also because Keita was playing far better.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3534 on: February 15, 2020, 11:27:35 PM »
I do feel for him when he's put out wide. He's been saying for years that he's a midfielder, not a winger. His performances are markedly worse when he's in the front 3.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3535 on: February 15, 2020, 11:58:28 PM »
Nope. This is completely wrong. Keita was involved all game, was making runs, was driving the ball, and was looking to get some through balls in.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3536 on: February 16, 2020, 08:19:07 AM »
Keita was immense today. A constant threat. Ox, less so. I always feel like we're a player light when he plays but as has been said he's not comfortable in that left-forward position...

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3537 on: February 16, 2020, 08:33:48 AM »
We know he's not good as one of the front 3, there's no point criticising him. He's being played out of position and he does a job for us. Doesn't complain. Fair play to him.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3538 on: February 16, 2020, 09:20:21 AM »
We know he's not good as one of the front 3, there's no point criticising him. He's being played out of position and he does a job for us. Doesn't complain. Fair play to him.

Agreed. He's not Mané, but apart from Mané himself, who is? Any replacement is going to look ordinary by comparison.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3539 on: February 18, 2020, 09:59:18 PM »
Was happy when I heard he was coming on. Thought he'd provide a bit of drive from midfield. Then he comes on and plays on the fucking wing. As expected, did nothing.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3540 on: February 18, 2020, 10:44:24 PM »
Difficult game to come into with no one playing brilliantly and up against that sort of organisation. Hope the knock he took near the end was nothing much.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3541 on: February 18, 2020, 11:05:30 PM »
So much better centrally or as part of that midfield 3.
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« Reply #3542 on: February 19, 2020, 12:13:37 AM »
So much better centrally or as part of that midfield 3.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3543 on: February 21, 2020, 10:30:29 AM »
I feel bad when I see him out wide. But I also think he could offer far more cutting in from the left than he does. I know he doesn't want to play there but he does have pace and he's pretty strong with a lethal strike on him. But he's definitely played his best football for us from midfield.

As for the drop in quality when he came on, Salah and Mane are two of the best players in the world. We could bring on every other team in the league's first choice attackers (bar City) and it would be a noticeable drop in quality.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3544 on: February 23, 2020, 07:16:57 AM »
what do people think of his performances since back from injury?

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3545 on: February 23, 2020, 07:32:27 AM »
what do people think of his performances since back from injury?
I think that he hasn't been as influential as he was in 17/18, but it would be harsh to expect him to be. He is sometimes tasked with doing stuff that he's left effective in. I see Ox as a player who is great in driving with the ball in central areas, and when he plays out wide it is harder for him to do so. He isn't an amazing crosser or the sort of lethal forward Mane and Salah are, nor is he a creative passer in the level of Coutinho, so I don't think he can contribute as much playing there.

That being said, I am surprised that remained very combative, which is hard for players who have gone through an extensive injury. I also think he kept his speed and press-resistance which is great. Obviously he developed a knack for scoring which I heard is important in football. So there's a lot to be positive about and I think this is what this season was all about. Seems like AOC has been around forever, but he's still quite young - Henderson and Wij are older than he is - and the way Naby is developing I can see a Fabinho/Keita/Oxlade-Chamberlain midfield been effective in the future, even if not as our "go-to" midfield.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3546 on: February 23, 2020, 10:07:08 AM »
He’s genuinely lucky to be playing sport again let alone at this level.  It was a really really really bad injury.

He’s playing no worse than he was in his first 3 or 4 months for us... 

Yet to see quite the peaks we did but his level isn’t bad at all.
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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3547 on: February 23, 2020, 10:39:40 AM »
totally agree, i hacve torn my acl and mcl in one go and that was bad. i dont know how on earth hes playing for this liverpool team having torn anotherl ligament on top of that. boggles my mind really.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3548 on: February 23, 2020, 10:44:25 AM »
I think given the injuries he has had whilst being here he's done very, very well. Think he'll start in the middle tomorrow, has had good performances v West Ham over the years so hopefully he continues that as too, love to see him drive forward with the ball and attack their midfielders and defenders, especially against a team like West Ham who won't come at us at all.

Could get a good run of games too with a good performance tomorrow night!

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3549 on: February 23, 2020, 12:57:37 PM »
7 goals despite not being a regular, give him time and I think he'll be better than what he is today. It doesn't help when he plays out wide.

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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3550 on: February 23, 2020, 01:09:41 PM »
what do people think of his performances since back from injury?

He's been good. Still a really good goal threat for a central midfielder which is something we need. We're more controlled and less frantic than when he was at his best for us two years ago. So i don't think he suits us as much as he did back then.
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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3551 on: February 23, 2020, 06:05:34 PM »
Scored some stunners and always improving physically. There is a timeline where he becomes an undisputed starter and one of the best players we have, like he was pre injury.

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« Reply #3552 on: February 23, 2020, 11:25:39 PM »
He’s genuinely lucky to be playing sport again let alone at this level.  It was a really really really bad injury.

He’s playing no worse than he was in his first 3 or 4 months for us... 

Yet to see quite the peaks we did but his level isn’t bad at all.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he was used as a case study as to how to approach rehab. He put everything into it from all accounts.
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Re: Welcome to Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
« Reply #3553 on: February 23, 2020, 11:31:53 PM »
John Cross has done an interview with Ox:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sets himself new Liverpool target amid best goalscoring run

EXCLUSIVE: The Liverpool forward has put last season's injury ravaged campaign behind him and is flourishing in a title-winning team

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/alex-oxlade-chamberlain-sets-himself-21561416

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« Reply #3554 on: February 24, 2020, 10:01:15 PM »
Did really well when he came on. He brought some much needed energy to the midfield, and the front 3 improved drastically when he started looking to link up with them.

Play him in midfield every time please.

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« Reply #3555 on: February 24, 2020, 10:01:22 PM »
No love for the Ox? Was a man on a mission when he came on

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« Reply #3556 on: February 24, 2020, 10:05:39 PM »
Brought energy to the team...
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« Reply #3557 on: February 24, 2020, 10:13:36 PM »
Good performance from him

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« Reply #3558 on: February 24, 2020, 10:17:05 PM »
Was quality when he came on and changed the game.

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« Reply #3559 on: February 24, 2020, 11:09:30 PM »
Yes, a nice angry performance when he came on.
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