Jurgen Klopp backs under fire player to prove all critics wrong

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Jurgen Klopp has backed Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to show his critics that he is worthy of a place in the side.

The Ox has seen his start to life at Liverpool go fairly wrong, and is certainly not someone who has won over the fans or the media, but crucially for him, his manager is on his side.

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Not only has he failed to light up Anfield since the move, but after turning down Chelsea to play in the centre of midfield, he’s not even been doing that for the Reds.

Despite that, Klopp has gone all out to back him.

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The Express report he said:“Since Alex came in he has been twice with the national team, there have been a lot of games with no training so his start has been interrupted.

“He is a big signing for us, obviously, but a fast player like him needs the circumstances to perform so he needed time. So far it has been OK but not what we know he is able to do. 

“But then Saturday, bang – comes on, uses his speed, really spot on, it was a very nice sign. I loved to see it.

“I would say there has been no consistency until now. We let him run so far, let him do what he is naturally good at and it will take time but it’s all good. He is obviously powerful and that is what we need.

 “Each game can be an opportunity to show what you can do.

“We know we play Maribor twice and we wasted points already. We know it is unbelievably important for us, so nobody should expect 11 changes.

“In the moment, actually, yes it is the key game because it is the only one we can play now. Now we have twice Maribor and know we know what we have to do – we have to get the points.

“It is clear, we have to win, we should not waste time. But also we play twice against Moscow or twice against Sevilla so we can win one game each.


“We want to go to the next round, we got a second draw in Moscow but now it is only possible if we start collecting points. We should not break through unless we start collecting points.”

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