Klopp names two things Ox needs to become Liverpool regular

Date published: Saturday 2nd November 2019 6:48

Jurgen Klopp insists Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains “a long-term project” for Liverpool after brushing aside the midfielder’s concerns that he’s not yet good enough to become a regular.

The former Arsenal man netted a stunner in midweek against his former side in the Carabao Cup and taking his tally to three goals in a week following his double against Genk in the Champions League.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he has plenty of improvements to make before he becomes a regular under Klopp and admits he has plenty to add to his game.

“Quality-wise, I am not too happy with my performance to be honest,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“I wasn’t great on the ball and not near my own personal level of where I want to be. I put in a good shift and run a lot.

“I watch the boys of a weekend and I know what it is about here. You have got to be at a really high physical level to go and put in a performance like that.

“Fab (Fabinho) did really well at the weekend so I need to keep pushing myself and maybe I will get a chance.”

Klopp, however, insists he’s not too concerned and says the player is doing really well given his year-long spell out of the game with a serious knee injury.

Klopp said: “He has scored, nice, both at Genk, a real stunner on Wednesday, a lot of outstanding moments, but other moments he is not involved.”

 

Assessing what he needs to become a regular, Klopp added: “We always have to try to reach perfection. He still needs rhythm but that is no problem. He is a long-term project.”

Responding to his wish to improve at Liverpool, Klopp added: “It is good a player thinks he is not at his best. He could think he is because he scored some goals. Quite some space for improvement. That is good.”

Liverpool, meanwhile, are reported to be hatching a Keita-style transfer deal to land a long-term striker target.

 

 

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