Klopp: Ox Yet To Get Main Role

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has earned the praise of Jurgen Klopp for his cameo appearance against United, but says he is not ready to play down the middle.

The England international left Arsenal in the summer and turned down a move to Chelsea, as he was keen on a role in the heart of a top team.

Klopp, as however stated that the former Arsenal midfielder is yet to train for a central role at Anfield and has only trained on the wings.

“I cannot say how happy I was to see Chambo playing like this,” Klopp said of that substitute performance.

“I said he needed a little bit of time and my most positive thing was that finally he has arrived, but it always takes time.

“I really loved the performance when he came on. 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 okay 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.”

“Without training and playing in the middle of the park it doesn’t make sense,” Klopp said.

“At this moment he is training only on the wing so it is clear, when he does start [playing in the middle, it] can never be without training as an ‘eight’ first.

“It is not good for him, and it is not good for us, and at the moment when he is training he trains on the wing.

“At the moment it is clear but I know once again it is a long-term thing, it is not fixed for the next five years.”

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