Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was virtually anonymous at times during his full Liverpool debut against Leicester City, according to Emile Heskey.
Following three successive substitute appearances against Manchester City, Sevilla and Burnley since his £35m move from Arsenal this summer, the England international was handed his first start for the Merseyside outfit at the King Power Stadium.
With a place in the fourth round of the League Cup at stake, Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t get his wish of an opportunity in central midfield – instead he started out wide as Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum took up positions in the middle of the park.
He’d go on to play the entire 90 minutes against the Foxes but couldn’t prevent his new club from sinking to a 2-0 loss and his performance over the course of the night left Heskey rather perplexed.
“Disappointing,” Heskey said on Sky Sports.
“Sometimes you forgot he was even playing in the game.
“You expect him to be all-action up and down that wing and we didn’t see it.”
With the Reds back at the King Power at the weekend, it remains to be seen whether Klopp keeps faith with Oxlade-Chamberlain in a wide role to cover Sadio Mane’s absence of drops the 24-year-old back to the bench.