Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, left, celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the Premier League soccer match. Liverpool is not “in crisis.” Never was. Because Liverpool still has one of the most resplendent attacks in the world.
When Liverpool signed him from Arsenal for £35 million, the plan was for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s gifts and potential to find true expression under Jürgen Klopp’s liberating influence, and for the England midfielder to make a convincing case for himself in the middle of the park. It may yet still play out that way, but suffice to say it has been a muted start to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career as a Liverpool player. Gunners boss Arsène Wenger recently expressed a sentiment that might seem to be shared by a more cynical segment of Liverpool’s supporters, albeit for completely different reasons: Kieran Gibbs’ departure for West Bromwich Albion hurt Arsenal more than losing Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool.