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Liverpool fans slam Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance against Watford

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A number of Liverpool fans were unimpressed with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance in Saturday’s defeat against Watford, making their feelings known in response to a tweet from @AnfieldEdition.

The 26-year-old came into the starting line-up for the game at Vicarage Road for his 12th Premier League start of the season but was taken off after 65 minutes in place of Divock Origi after a subdued display in which he was dispossessed once and guilty of poor ball control on a couple of occasions, as well as failing to pick out a team-mate with any of the three crosses that he attempted (as per WhoScored, who gave him a lowly overall rating of 5.73).

The Echo‘s Ian Doyle felt that Oxlade-Chamberlain “faded badly” after half-time, while The Mirror‘s Mark Jones said that he “was too often crowded out”, adding that “his attempts to force it can often look poor in games like this when those around him are struggling”.

Although the midfielder has been a regular starter for Liverpool so far in 2020, making six successive league starts prior to last week’s win over West Ham, some fans feel that he “struggles” when played from the start, while one Reds supporter on Twitter felt that Takumi Minamino should instead have been in the line-up against Watford. Here is a flavour of the online reaction from Kopites to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance at the weekend:

What did you make of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s display against Watford? Is the criticism justified or was he one of the Reds’ better players on the night? Comment below with your views!

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