Peter Crouch reckons Jurgen Klopp should leave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench for Liverpool’s crucial clash against Manchester City on Sunday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a serious knee injury in April 2018 and has only fairly recently recovered.
However, the midfielder has impressed with four goals in four appearances in the League Cup and Champions League this season but has not started a Premier League match since September 14.
Liverpool face City at Anfield on Sunday knowing a victory would increase their lead at the top of the table to nine points and Crouch reckons Oxlade-Chamberlain should sit this one out despite his decent form.
“I don’t think he’s quite ready yet,” Crouch said on BT Sport.
“He’s getting up to full fitness but what he is doing, he’s scoring goals and it’s a priceless commodity to have.
“I just think he’s not quite there to be starting games of the magnitude of the weekend but he’s knocking on the door as you say.
“But at the moment I think Liverpool have got a settled side, why would you change a winning team? They win every single week.
“Not always the most comfortable but they’re winning and I think they’ll keep the same side.
“I think behind closed doors [Klopp] will be asking more of him but what he does offer is something completely different to the [Jordan] Hendersons, the [Georginio] Wijnaldums and the Fabinhos.
“He can go wide, he can beat people, he’s good on the ball and he’s an attacking threat.
“I just think, when you play someone like Man City, that three in midfield gives the full-backs license to go and I think sometimes he’s a bit too forward-thinking at times.”
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