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'It's an option': Klopp says he might just use £35m Liverpool player as a striker this season

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be utilised as a striker this season on LFCTV.

Liverpool’s new number nine?

Oxlade-Chamberlain played as Liverpool’s number nine last night in their opening pre-season friendly match of the season.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Stuttgart, with Oxlade-Chamberlain actually claiming an assist in the contest.

The English international has struggled for game time at Anfield of late, but his versatility has always been an asset.

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And Klopp feels that using Oxlade-Chamberlain as a forward could be an option going into the new campaign.

“Ox you could see in the first few minutes immediately that it is an option, definitely. We will see how that goes on.”

An experiment

Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t quite play the number nine role how you would expect a natural goalscorer to do so.

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The £35 million man (BBC) enjoyed dropping deep and linking the play, rather than spinning in behind.

In that sense he could actually work as an option to replace Roberto Firmino.

But Liverpool fans would surely rather the club landing a real goal-getter in the summer transfer window, over giving Oxlade-Chamberlain a run in the team out of position.

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