Peter Crouch has urged Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to not start Alex Oxlade Chamberlain versus Manchester City.
The former Arsenal midfielder is on the return path from a rather long and nasty injury and has shown signs of form in sporadic moments in the last few matches. However, former English striker Peter Crouch has advised against playing the winger turned midfielder.
“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.”
Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal a couple of seasons ago but is yet to break into the first team on a regular basis.