Opportunities have been hard to come by for Oxlade-Chamberlain this season. In fact, the 27-year-old has only made two starts in all competitions.
He has largely been limited to substitute appearances, and only 10 of those at that, with his latest offering perhaps the most intriguing as he replaced Diogo Jota as Klopp’s striker against Wolves.
Asked about Oxlade-Chamberlain’s new position ahead of the trip to his former club Arsenal, Klopp explained that an earlier experiment, against West Ham in January, convinced him he could be an option as No. 9.
“It’s an option. Ox is obviously a versatile player, definitely more offensively orientated.
“And it’s a very offensive position for him, with the speed, with the technique, with the moves, the turns, he’s able to do the accelerations.
“It’s a good position. It was not only for that [moment], we knew before. He didn’t play [it] 500 times obviously, but we knew because of the West Ham game that it’s good for him.
“That’s why he came on and yes, he was impressive. It was good.”
It will be interesting to see whether Oxlade-Chamberlain is given increased game time in the final games of the season, but competition in the form of Jota and the returning Roberto Firmino may make it difficult.
But proving he is capable of operating up front may give him the edge as Klopp considers which of his squad options to cut at the end of the campaign.
To immediately claim the Englishman could now have a future as a backup striker would be farfetched, but Klopp has clearly seen something in his No. 15 to suggest it is worth trialling.