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​Oxlade-Chamberlain jokes with Liverpool teammate Firmino over new position: Be careful!

Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joked that he is ready to take striker Roberto Firmino's "false nine" role in the starting lineup.

The Ox is fully fit and participating in preseason training with the Reds in Austria.

The no.15 took on that central attacking role as a substitute several times last term.

He scored an excellent goal with his left foot from that position during a late-season win over Burnley last term.

Asked about filling in at No.9 and that goal at Turf Moor, Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpoolfc.com: "I was going to say, I think that's more of a Bobby Firmino-esque goal! Bobby, be careful!

"Obviously it was nice at the end of the season to get that one. When it's been a while it's nice to just have that as a bit of a confidence booster and a reminder. But yeah, that sort of role that Bobby plays, the false nine, I think he's the best in the business at it for us and in attacking situations he makes it so much easier for Mo and Sadio or Diogo, just dropping deep and leaving spaces in behind for them and then attracting people, and then defensively as well.

"But the way that role is played, it's almost similar to a No.10, attacking-midfield role because you drop quite deep so in that sense I find it quite natural. I feel like I can run in behind from there as well and get in and around the box, and you get opportunities to shoot and score.

"So I don't mind doing that role – but you know, I've still got my head more fixed on the midfield situation. But if I need to fill in and do that, then I'm confident that I can do that as well."


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