KLOPP CALLS OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN “DYNAMITE”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s displays since joining the club from Arsenal in the summer calling them “dynamite.”
The powerful midfielder signed a five-year deal with the Reds in August in a deal of around £40m. When he left the Gunners he was a first-team regular but has managed just the one full game so far in his time at Anfield.
To many he underachieved in North London after arriving on the scene in explosive fashion as an 18-year-old in 2011. He quickly forced his way into the England set-up and it seemed a genuine star was born.
However a series of injuries and below-par performances have seen his career stagnate in recent seasons. The 24-year-old can play in a variety of positions, but to this day nobody really knows what his best position is.
After a slow start with the Merseyside giants, Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed in recent outings culminating in an excellent display as a second-half substitute in the 3-0 defeat of Huddersfield on Saturday.
In an article written by Klopp for This Is Anfield, he revealed how impressed he has been with his summer signing so far.
“He has shown his class each and every time he has had the opportunity on the pitch and the weekend was another example of this.
“He is like dynamite when he comes on. Aggressive in the most positive way. Front foot always. Looking to attack and create.
“These performances come because of how good his attitude is in training at Melwood. He has the highest quality in everything he does.”
Klopp has an interesting selection dilemma ahead of him as to when to start the attacking midfielder. With Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana all due back from injury this month, room for changes will be at a premium. The ‘Ox’ will be given a run soon. It will be up to him to grasp that chance with both hands.