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Why signing Oxlade Chamberlain is a bad move for Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has faced several criticisms from pundits, fans and football lovers due to the £40 million signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal. The youngster has failed to live up to people’s expectations due to his lackluster performances so far. Here are reasons why we believe his signing was a bad move for Liverpool:

Previous Statistics

Taking a peek into the performance of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain for his former club Arsenal, one will see that it is too mediocre for a professional footballer. In 6 years at Arsenal, he scored 9 goals and had 14 assists in 132 games, this appears to be the statistics of an average footballer. Liverpool were probably misled by his impressive performances towards the end of last season which was as a result of the change in the formation of Arsenal to 3-4-3, this afforded him the opportunity to play as right wing back due to his pace and ability to fall back.

Fitness

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is one of those players who are prone to injuries. Liverpool might have well signed another version of Daniel Sturridge. In 8 seasons at Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain missed 154 games due to injuries, that is, he missed more games to injuries than he played for Arsenal. Liverpool should be wary of this.

Holding his Team to Ransom

The 24 year old player has the tendency to hold Liverpool to ransom if his wishes are not met like he did at Arsenal and the least thing the team needs right now is a player complaining in the media about not getting enough playing time or been played out of his desired position. This act by players has been known to affect teams both on and off the pitch.

Impact on the Liverpool Team

Since joining the Liverpool side, Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to prove himself worthy of the amount paid for him. Liverpool’s performance have only gone through a downside slope since signing him. On his debut match, they lost 5 – 0 to Manchester City followed by a 2 – 2 draw against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League, they played another 1 – 1 draw against Burnley over the weekend and crashed out of the League Cup as a result of a 2 – 0 lost against Leicester City on Wednesday.

Liverpool’s Defensive Woes

Rather than sign Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jurgen Klopp should have strengthened his team defensively which is the weakest link in the Liverpool side. Liverpool has enough attacking and midfield options and should have looked to replace Sakho despite their failed attempt at signing Virgil Van Dijk. We can only hope that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t pay gravely for his lack of sound judgment and foresight.

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