A warning for the Reds star.
Former Liverpool star Michael Owen has sent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a timely reminder of the challenges he faces this season despite scoring his first goal for the club against Maribor last night.
The England international hasn’t had the best of starts at Anfield after moving from Arsenal in the summer, and was on the bench for yesterday’s Champions League clash as well.
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Still, Oxlade-Chamberlain will feel a sense of relief after finally getting off the mark for Liverpool, scoring his side’s sixth goal of the night in the 86th minute.
Owen feels, however, that with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah also in such fine form on the night, it could still be a long season ahead for the former Gunners attacker.
Discussing his situation after the game, the pundit explained that Oxlade-Chamberlain will basically have to impress on every single outing he does get for his club this season.
‘It’s not easy (for Oxlade-Chamberlain) – how do you get in ahead of players like Salah and Coutinho?’ Owen said on BT Sport, as quoted by the Metro.
‘He’s an attacking midfielder, I know he’s played in the centre before but at the minute, how does he get in?
‘He’s got to be better than the others but he’s not better than those. That’s what’s he’s up against – it won’t be easy.
‘It’s competitive, they’ve got big squads nowadays. He will get a chance throughout the season and he will have to take it. He just has do it every time and even then it might not be enough.’