Klopp hopes Oxlade-Chamberlain goal ‘will open his chest’

Date published: Wednesday 18th October 2017 9:20

Jurgen Klopp hopes that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal will provide a boost to the player.

Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the sixth goal in a 7-0 thrashing of Maribor on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has endured a difficult period since moving to Anfield from Arsenal for £35million in the summer.

The 33 minutes he played in Slovenia was the second-longest amount of time he has spent on the pitch as a Liverpool player, only behind the 45 he was handed in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in September.

Klopp, who pre-match admitted he had been impressed with £35million deadline day signing Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent days, felt the goal would be hugely beneficial to the England international.

“It will open his chest. It will help him a lot. He could have scored two,” he added.

“It was nice from Daniel (Sturridge) how he made this goal, really cool.”

Maribor coach Darko Milanic, who had a horrendous 32 days in charge of Leeds in 2014, admitted his side just did not cope well with the early pressure.

“The boys didn’t look like themselves and after 20 minutes we had three goals against,” he said.

“It was very difficult for the players.”

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