Liverpool won their 30th league game of the season this evening with a hard-fought win over Brighton at the Amex Arena.
After racing into a 2-0 lead, it seemed as though Liverpool were going to put on a show. However, Brighton fought back and a goal from Leonardo Trossard before the break gave Brighton hope. Dan Burn then missed a sitter of a chance to equalise before Mo Salah secured a 3-1 win with a headed effort from Andrew Robertson’s expertly taken corner.
It was an indifferent display from Liverpool and plenty of players struggled to showcase their best form.
One such player was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international struggled to have an impact on the game, playing from the left wing with Sadio Mane rested on the bench. He also neglected his defensive duties for the Brighton goal, leaving youngster Neco Williams exposed and out of his regular position at left-back.
The Senegalese star eventually replaced him and fans on Twitter were fairly disappointed with the performance of ‘Ox’.
But there was also a lot of sympathy for the player. It has become clear during his time at Anfield that Oxlade-Chamberlain is more suited to a central midfield role and he seemed to struggle being asked to play on the wing once again.
If he is to get a more regular starting role at Anfield, there is no doubt that Liverpool fans would want to see him playing centrally rather than out wide.
Here is some of the reaction to his display from Twitter…
Oxlade Chamberlain never seems to play well on the wing
— 19 Times (@LFCLiverbird96) July 8, 2020
Not really a LB and its showing. Has had some very good moments but needs to be on the right. Also not helping with the fact Oxlade isn’t tracking back making it a 2 on 1 for Neco
— 19/20 CAMPEONES* (@LFCShajid) July 8, 2020
Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to underwhelm. Seems like a great lad but not quite good enough in my opinion #LFC
— Matty Richards (@mttrchrds) July 8, 2020
Oxlade-Chamberlain just isn’t playing well at the minute. He’s far too inconsistent for me. Bring Mané on and kill the game off.
— – (@1121LFC) July 8, 2020
Ox just isnt a winger
— LFC ALWAYS (@LFCAlways_) July 8, 2020
Not gonna give ox too much stick he has never been a winger
— Luke (@RoguesLFC) July 8, 2020
Naby with a master class today
While Ox struggled playing in an unnatural position #BHALIV
— Ameen (@Ameen_LFC) July 8, 2020
Naby has been top class and Ox will find his form again soon enough, I’m sure of it ?
— Oh (@Matt45030408) July 8, 2020
Feel for Ox tbh, don’t feel he enjoys playing on the wing.
Looked out of place today.
— Big Jurgen (@BradLFC_) July 8, 2020
Ox looks a bit lost
— Trevenderson (@Trevski_LFC) July 8, 2020
— Aronkiff (@aronkiff10) July 8, 2020
Ox know how to track back or nah?
— trey (@lfcTrey) July 8, 2020