Jurgen Klopp has explained why he has named Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench against Manchester United.
Many felt Oxlade-Chamberlain would start at Anfield in the absence of Sadio Mane.
We wondered whether Klopp would trust his summer signing either in central midfield or as a direct replacement for Mane as a left winger.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wait for a first league start for his new club goes on as he was named on the bench for Saturday’s game.
“Ox just needs a little bit more time to adapt,” Klopp explained to Liverpool’s official website. “He was always interrupted by two-week international breaks; always when he starts taking the next step then international break.
“These boys are used to each other and they know about [each other’s] ways, so I think it makes sense against United that we do not make a lot of experiments because they are quite cool in their approach.
“They are convinced about what they are doing; sometimes a little bit deeper, sometimes a little bit higher. They don’t need 80 per cent of the ball to feel dominant in the game, so you need a formation in which everybody knows what the other player is doing in each situation.”