Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to the starting eleven for England, playing a starring role against Montenegro during the international break.
Having recently returned to the Liverpool fold, the Ox was rewarded with a starting berth for his country. He went on to repay Gareth Southgate’s faith, opening the scoring in what turned out to be a rout at Wembley. The Three Lions dominated the first half, with Oxlade-Chamberlain instrumental going forward.
Two Reds started the game for England, Trent Alexander-Arnold being the other. The Ballon d’Or nominee had a comfortable night at right-back, while also contributing to a lot moving into attack. Intriguingly, in the second half Kopites were given a taste of what many have been asking for. England manager made a surprise change, bringing on Reds defender Joe Gomez which allowed Alexander-Arnold to move into the midfield.
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Jürgen Klopp had previously tested the youngster in a more advanced role in the dying moments against Manchester City. In previous weeks there had been calls to try Trent further up the pitch, encouraged by his obvious ability on the ball.
After being involved in controversy midweek – a bust-up with England teammate Raheem Sterling – Gomez was selected from the bench to replace Mason Mount. The move may well be a good thing for Liverpool, with Klopp able to assess the option further.
The Three Lions dished out a seven-goal drubbing, which proved promising for the Reds’ title hopes. Despite Jordan Henderson being ruled out due to suspension, three Liverpool men were involved. It proved a valuable experience for each of them too.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was able to get some more minutes in his legs. Another bonus for the Standard Chartered Player of the Month was continuing his recent good form.
For Alexander-Arnold it may well be a night that could mould his career, who knows. Persistent performances broadcasting ability in possession, the 21-year-old has finally been deployed in midfield.
It would be a move that could potentially benefit the Reds further down the line. Klopp has shown faith in youth this season at right-back. Ki-Jana Hoever has been impressive when granted opportunities this season. In addition, recent debutant Neco Williams may also be pushing for the position.
As for Gomez, an appearance for his country may provide a confidence boost having found himself down the pecking order at Anfield in recent weeks. The former Charlton man has been previously frustrated at his lack of involvement.