'Really important player' – Klopp explains what sets Liverpool star Oxlade-Chamberlain apart
By Laura O’Leary
Jurgen Klopp has backed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be a “really important player” for Liverpool in the future, and said he is keen to learn how to play the Klopp way.
In an interview with The Times after Liverpool’s 4-1 win against West Ham, Klopp heaped praise onto Chamberlain.
He said: “I just like this player because he is already experienced but he is so open to get used to what we do and that is really nice.
“He needs to get used to the intensity that we ask. It’s not that Arsenal didn’t [have intensity], they play fantastic football. But we are really on it with these counter -pressing things and the switch immediately to make the break.
“He knew when he came and we signed him that this will happen and we would ask for this and it is nice.
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“But a lot of players are like, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, I want [to play]’ and he is like, ‘what do you want from me?’ and he reacts. He will be a really important player for us.”
The 24-year-old joined the Reds on transfer deadline day from Arsenal and is yet to secure a regular starting place in the side.
Chamberlain has made 16 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool so far this season, scoring two goals.
The England international has only completed the full 90 minutes twice for the Reds in the Premier League so far this season.
The midfielder grabbed his first Premier League goal, having previously scored in the Champions League, for Liverpool in the side’s last game.
Chamberlain was making his full league debut for the Reds against West Ham on Saturday, and was able to grab a goal.
The 24-year-old scored the final goal of the game, just after West Ham had a pulled a goal back through Manuel Lanzini, to help Liverpool record a 4-1 win.
The midfielder now has a 12 day break before his next game having been left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil.