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‘You’re getting sold’ – Liverpool man warned he hasn’t helped already weakening case

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino playing for Liverpool

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a casualty if Liverpool are to upgrade their midfield to match the rest of their squad, according to one pundit.

Liverpool have increased their strength in depth in recent transfer windows. For example, last summer, Ibrahima Konate arrived to ensure they have four strong options at centre-back. Then, in January, they acquired Luis Diaz to add yet another dimension to their glittering frontline.

But one area that perhaps still needs bolstering is midfield. They failed to sign a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum when his contract ran down in the summer.

Harvey Elliott returned from a loan with Blackburn Rovers and is making good progress. But overall, there is a lack of consistency from the depth options behind Jurgen Klopp’s preferred midfield trio.

One such player is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He made a good impression after joining from Arsenal in 2017, but his debut season ended with an injury, after which he has never really been able to rediscover his rhythm.

Indeed, he is still yet to complete 90 minutes of any Premier League match since April 2018. He has still managed 29 appearances this season, but some have been fleeting.

A rare start came in the recent FA Cup quarter-final win over Nottingham Forest. However, Oxlade-Chamberlain was taken off just after the hour mark and was visibly not happy about it.

His reaction will not have done him any favours, according to Football Insider pundit Gabby Agbonlahor – who feels Oxlade-Chamberlain’s time at Anfield is running out regardless.

Oxlade-Chamberlain not at level Liverpool need

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the ball for Liverpool

Asked if he will still be a Liverpool player next season, Agbonlahor said: “I don’t think so, to be honest.

“I feel that I look at Liverpool, I look at Man City and I see how Man City have improved their team. They have got the likes of Gundogan and when he plays he’s world-class but when he’s not playing Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden or Bernardo Silva are playing at a world-class level.

“When you see Liverpool rotate their team, the likes of Keita don’t always perform. Oxlade-Chamberlain does not look like he is at the level of Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago.

“In big games, it will be hard for Liverpool if they don’t have their first-choice midfield. Their second-choice midfielders aren’t up to the level Liverpool need to be to stay at the level of Man City.

“Jurgen Klopp will be looking at improving that midfield. I don’t think his reaction makes that much difference, although Klopp may be thinking, do that again and you’re getting sold.”

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