Danny Higginbotham becoming another Philippe Coutinho for Jurgen Klopp Featured

By / Premier League / Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:32

CHAMBERLAIN has been the forgotten man for Liverpool, but now Danny Higginbotham is backing him to become another Philippe Coutinho for Jurgen Klopp.

The star’s Anfield career took several months to take off, but when it finally happened he gave the Reds a new dimension on their way to reaching the 2018 Champions League final.

But after suffering a devastating knee ligament injury in the semi-final against Roma, the England international missed over a year’s worth of action.

Report believes he has the attacking quality to become another Philippe Coutinho for Jurgen Klopp, after making his first Premier League start in 16 months.

"The way Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plays, he wants to get forward from midfield," Higginbotham said."You have the front three, we know the outside of the front three like to play narrow.

"Roberto Firmino likes to drop deep, so there is going to be space in behind for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to get into. That's something he was doing really well before he picked up his injury.

"It will take a bit of time for him to get back up to speed again but he's an important player for Liverpool and can give them something different.

"Roberto Firmino creates a lot of problems for centre backs. He drags them out and that leaves space in behind. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, before he got his injury and missed a lot of time, was taking that space up.

"I'm not comparing him to Philippe Coutinho but it's similar to what Philippe Coutinho was doing at Liverpool to a certain extent, getting beyond the midfield with players in front of him.

"That's what Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is capable of. There is no doubting the talent he has. You can see from his touch maps that spaces have been created for him to get into."

Liverpool passed by the option to re-sign Coutinho from Barcelona, as the star joined Bayern Munich on loan with a view to making the deal permanent.

Klopp backed the Bundesliga club to get the best from the Brazilian, who he sometimes played central as well as on the left.“[He is a] very dominant player who helps a team properly,” said Klopp.

“But from the first day onwards they [Bayern] will get a great player.

“Now they have to integrate and treat him so that they get the full package, and then the Bundesliga has a real top player.”

Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all expressed an interest in the 27-year-old this summer.

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