By George Brooks
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised maligned midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Maribor at Anfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal for the Reds as they thrashed the Slovenian side 7-0 on matchday three and the 24-year-old is expected to feature again.
The England international joined on a five-year-deal from Arsenal for around £35m in August and boss Klopp has praised him for his attacking play.
“He is like dynamite when he comes on. Aggressive in the most positive way. Front foot always. Looking to attack and create,” Klopp wrote in This Is Anfield.
Klopp praised the player for his outstanding attitude in training and urged the midfielder to have more confidence in himself.
“He has the highest quality in everything he does; sometimes I think he is the last to realise this.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has only started one game for Liverpool, the 2-0 EFL Cup defeat to Leicester in September, but has impressed in his substitute appearances.
He impressed again on Saturday, coming off the bench in the 66th minute of Liverpool’s 3-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield.
However, the player has come under much criticism from Liverpool fans since he joined.
Klopp has assured the player he will get his chance to shine in the Reds starting XI and he expects his influence to grow as his career at Anfield progresses.
Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in the summer of 2011. He made 198 appearances during his six-year spell with the club, scoring 20 goals.