Former Reds Striker Emile Heskey once told mirror.uk that, “Liverpool new boy Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain is capable of ‘frightening’ Premier League defenders.” However, things have turned out to be exactly the opposite. The England star had joined Liverpool for a whopping £40 million from Arsenal on the day of the transfer deadline. One of the major reasons for the move was Chamberlain’s aspiration to play in the midfield. While in Arsenal, Chamberlain failed to realize his dream of playing midfield.
With many clubs, including the likes of Chelsea and Leister City, bidding for the boy from England, Liverpool gave him an opportunity to play in the midfield. But what happened next was just bad news. The former Arsenal boy debuted for Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday and completely faltered at his desired position. A lot was expected from Chamberlain and he could not deliver.
As Liverpool faced a 2-0 loss by the Foxes in the third-round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, Chamberlain was the center of criticism. He missed passes, fumbled while dribbling and could not clear the ball. In what was a long time wait, the debut match saw Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain unable to link with his attacking partners on a series of occasions and appeared to be overawed and jaded by the encounter with Craig Shakespeare's resurgent squad.
What followed was a series of tweets and memes by Arsenal and football fans worldwide, criticising and poking fun of the England’s international.
Liverpool is set to play Leister City again on Saturday in the English Premier League. Redemption might just be on the top of the list for Chamberlain, but whether Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will feature him is yet to be seen.It might just be a good time for Chamberlain to prove the fans wrong and win the hearts of his new club’s supporters.