Klopp explains Oxlade-Chamberlain omission v Man United

Date published: Saturday 14th October 2017 7:35

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.”

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