“Bobby Be Careful”-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Potentially Replacing Roberto Firmino in Liverpool Squad

Published 07/19/2021, 2:49 PM EDT
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town at Anfield on April 26, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)


Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has looked really impressive every time he has played for Liverpool. However, his time at Liverpool has been marred with a lot of injuries, and hence he has rarely been featured for the reds. Things are starting to look up now.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain is fit again, and he will play a big part in Liverpool’s 2021/22 campaign. His coaches have been mightily impressed with him in training, and there’s a new position that the young Englishman might play in. Speaking to Liverpool’s media team, ‘Ox’ was asked if he likes playing in Roberto Firmino’s false nine position, and he had a lot to say. The reporter also asked him about his goal against Burnley.

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“I was gonna say. I think I was more of a Bobby Firmino-esque goal. Bobby, be careful. But yeah, no, obviously it was nice in the season to get one. It’s been a while, and it’s nice to just have that bit of a confidence booster and a reminder. That’s the sort of role that Bobby plays, false nine, I think,” he said.

He then proceeded to compliment Firmino’s playing style and playmaking abilities. The Brazilian forward has been a vital cog in this Liverpool attack ever since he joined the club. He did have a subpar season by his standards last year, but he’ll look to snap out of the slump.

“I think he’s the best in the business at it. The attacking situations he makes it so much easier for Salah and Sadio or Diogo, just sort of drop-in deep and leaving spaces in behind for them and attracting people and defensively as well,” Oxlade-Chamberlain concluded.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his controversial transfer from league rivals Arsenal

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s transfer to Liverpool was highly controversial. He was already an established star for Arsenal after his move from Southampton. Liverpool finally got their man for 35 million pounds after an extended transfer saga.

Arsenal fans were incensed by the midfielder’s decision to leave the club as he was one of their best players alongside Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the 2016-17 season. However, the move didn’t really work out for Ox due to his injury woes, but hopefully, this will be the season when the young star finally proves his worth.

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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