Klopp on Ox: It’s not that Arsenal don’t counter-press…

Date published: Monday 6th November 2017 10:39

Jurgen Klopp is delighted with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ability to adapt to Liverpool’s style.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool in August for £35million, but endured a difficult start to life at Anfield.

The 24-year-old only made his first Premier League start for the club against West Ham on Saturday, but managed to score in a 4-1 victory.

That follows a debut goal against Maribor in the Champions League last month, while he has slowly grown into his role in Klopp’s squad.

“I’m happy, really happy, that he could make this decisive moment,” Klopp told reporters of the goal.

“They were all decisive by the end but I would like to have this answer always when we concede a goal. It would make life easier.

“He needs to get used to the intensity that we ask – it’s not that Arsenal didn’t, they play fantastic football.

“But we are really on it with these counter-pressing things and the switch immediately to make the break.

“The problem is that we are all used to it and if you are not used to it, and you defend differently and you drop when they get the ball, that is a different thing.

“He knew when he came and we signed him that this will happen and we would ask for this and it is nice.

“But a lot of players are like ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, I want…’ and he is like ‘what do you want from me?’ and he reacts. He will be a really important player for us.

“It was very intense for him, completely different to the things that he is used to.

“He did really well. I know for these offensive skilled players, how difficult it is for them, to have me all the time shouting.

“In the first half when he was on the other side, it wasn’t good for my voice!

“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.”

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