After making just one signing in the summer, Liverpool were one of the least active Premier League sides in the transfer market.
Jurgen Klopp’s side sealed a £36m deal for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate, but other than that, elected to keep their chequebook closed.
Konate’s arrival was necessary after a defensive crisis last year, and he’ll provide strength in depth alongside the returning duo of Virgil Van Djik and Joe Gomez.
However, there are question marks over whether or not Liverpool’s squad is actually any stronger compared to last year.
This is mainly due to the departure of key midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, who departed on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The Reds squad is likely to be tested even further in January, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane set to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Japanese attacker has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since his £7.25m arrival from RB Salzburg back in January but did manage to net twice in 10 appearances for the Saints to finish off last term.
It remains to be seen if he can build on that this term and make an impact for the Reds.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly impressed in an attacking role during pre-season and is also seen as someone who can support the likes of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino in Salah and Mane’s absence.
The 28-year-old has spoken out previously on his preference to play in a central midfield role but he has filled in as an attacking option during earlier spells in his career.
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Klopp has previously spoken out on Oxlade-Chamberlain impressing during pre-season, with the Reds boss quipping that he “was on fire!” during their 3-1 victory over Osasuna to round off their Premier League preparations earlier in the summer.
Like Minamino, Oxlade-Chamberlain has also enjoyed a full pre-season with the Reds in the wake of a torrid time with injuries over the past few years.
Now it looks likely that both will be given the chance to translate their impressive work on the training pitch during a sustained run of games at Anfield in the New Year in the wake of Salah and Mane’s international commitments.