Jordan Henderson's form delays Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Liverpool return

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool CF (L), Jordan Henderson of Liverpool FC and Dejan Lovren of Liverpool FC (R) waves to the fans after the end of  the UEFA Champions League group E...

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't played a senior game for Liverpool in over a year.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrate their sides first goal scored by Mohamed Salah during the Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and...

Liverpool fans are loving Jordan Henderson at the moment - and rightly so.

The Liverpool captain has been dazzling for the Reds as of late and was one of their best players in Sunday's 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield, if not the best.

Jurgen Klopp has been playing him in an advanced midfield role in recent weeks and, well, it looks like a masterstroke by the German manager.

Henderson, often criticised by Liverpool fans earlier this season, looks reborn, but what does that mean for Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain's hopes of playing senior football before the season is out?

 

The former Arsenal man hasn't kicked a ball under Klopp for over a year due to injury, but has been playing Under-23 football since February.

He played in a reserve game at Leicester City last week but Henderson's form surely delays any plans Klopp might have to bring him back into the first XI.

Henderson is impressing in the position that Oxlade-Chamberlain made his own toward the end of last season and the reality is that the former Sunderland star is playing too well to be displaced.

Klopp's side have at least five games left this season, but if Henderson maintains this form then nobody will be getting into the first XI ahead of him, not least someone who has spent a year on the sidelines.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides third goal with Mohamed Salah ofLiverpool  and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool during the Premier League match between...

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