Klopp compares Oxlade-Chamberlain dilemma to City situation

Date published: Saturday 27th April 2019 9:57

Jurgen Klopp has hailed “wonderful person” and “better” player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his Liverpool return.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first appearance since suffering a long-term knee injury against Roma in the Champions League semi-final 367 days ago when he came on as a substitute against Huddersfield.

The 25-year-old could play a crucial part in Liverpool’s tilt for the Premier League title and Champions League trophy, with Klopp delighted to welcome the midfielder back.

“It’s brilliant, so good seeing him smile after missing the chance is nearly heart-breaking,” said Klopp.

“It’s cool. A Perfect day, nothing happened injury-wise and we won the game in an impressive manner.

“Ox is such a wonderful person and better as a player. Imagine that! As a guy he’s outstanding, and we are so happy for him.

“You can see with Kevin De Bruyne, what a player, but he came from a long injury. You bring him in because he’s there and he trains good, but the intensity of the league is nearly too much after a long time out. It’s similar for Ox.

“We have to manage it really carefully. You see him in training, people excited, Ox is back and he’s out again.

“Now he’s back, now we start using him from time to time. Coming on with his speed, football intelligence, and being in the right place, it’s nice. We had to think when we wrote the names on the teamsheet today what we call him. There a lot of options: Alex, Ox, Chambo whatever.

“It was that long ago since we did it. It is nice, it is really good news.”

 

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