Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool reacts after the Premier League match against Manchester City.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain probably would have hoped for a better Liverpool debut than coming off the bench during a 5-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City.
Following a £35m (BBC) deadline day transfer from Arsenal - losing 4-0 to his new team in his final game for the Gunners - the 24-year-old came off the bench to replace Mohamed Salah at half-time.
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) chases the ball during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City.
Four days later he replaced Salah once again during a 2-2 Champions League draw with Sevilla, this time in the 89th-minute, with early signs suggesting manager Jurgen Klopp views Oxlade-Chamberlain as a winger.
Which will come as a disappointment to the England international, who the BBC reported rejected a £40m switch to Chelsea and instead chose the Reds because he thought it would give him a better chance of playing in his favoured central midfield position.
Oxlade-Chamberlain feared the Blues wanted to use him as wing-back, a role he had done well in for Arsene Wenger in the 2017 FA Cup final and in spells at the beginning of this season.
Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal, speaks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during The Emirates FA Cup Final.
Yet has the Southampton academy graduate been too hasty to reject this new responsibility to try and chase a place in the middle - especially as there are so many ahead of him there at Anfield currently and more to come?
Klopp has generally utilised captain Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can in his three-man midfield so far this term, with all impressing at certain points. Then there is the issue of reintegrating Philippe Coutinho back into the team, with the Brazilian also coming off the bench against Sevilla after being the subject of three rejected bids from Barcelona this summer, the most recent being £114m (BBC).
Adam Lallana will also be returning from injury at some point, while James Milner is once again considered a central midfielder after spending 2016/17 filling in at left-back. Oxlade-Chamberlain could effectively have six players ahead of him for a place in his preferred position.
Plus there are question marks over whether it suits him in any case. With physicality and athleticism his biggest attributes, perhaps turning down the chance to compete with and possibly overtake Victor Moses for a place at wing-back at Stamford Bridge is one Oxlade-Chamberlain will come to reject.