Liverpool are renowned for their style of getting the ball out to the full-backs and delivering crosses into the box, which has seen Trent Alexander-Arnold thrive – but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joked that it has become “too predictable”.
Still only 21 years of age, Alexander-Arnold has already clocked up 125 appearances for Liverpool and has a whopping 34 assists to his name – averaging an assist less than every four games. He has also scored six goals for The Reds.
Andy Robertson, meanwhile, has also gained plaudits for his crossing – laying on 25 in 119 games. Klopp’s style has made his full-backs two of the more crucial members of the team, and the central midfield more of an engine room.
Oxlade-Chamberlain posted on Instagram, amid the global health crisis – a picture of himself shooting from “40 yards” in a match against Tottenham Hotspur this season as the wait for football’s return continues.
Under Jurgen Klopp, the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita would normally be seen passing the ball wide to Alexander-Arnold in order for the England star to cross the ball.
Indeed, Alexander-Arnold responded to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Instagram, questioning why he did not pass in that situation. Oxlade-Chamberlain replied cheekily, claiming you “have to switch it up sometimes”.