Jurgen Klopp has defended Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his poor showing against Leicester.
The Liverpool manager looked glum on the touchline as his side went down 2-0 to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Their new £40m signing, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, made his first start club for the club and proceeded to put in a poor performance with all the failings the Arsenal fans are familiar with.
Chamberlain is already under pressure to deliver at Liverpool and such performances won’t have helped him.
As such, Klopp has come out in defence of his player, claiming he had been unlucky during the game.
“It was his first game from the start, nothing else,” he said, as reported by The Evening Standard.
“After a game like this, that you lost and he didn’t make the best game in his life, people probably ask ‘Where is the impact he can make?’ But I’m not in doubt about this.
“Ox had a few really good situations and a few unlucky situations.
“I thought he did really well in the moments when you could see that he tries to adapt to the style of play and all that stuff.
“He had a little problem with the calf, not an injury but a little problem. We all need to get used to this and manage it a little bit better.”
It’ll take a bit of time for Chamberlain to fully adapt to the way Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp do things. It might take even longer for him to iron out the flaws in his game. Those aren’t going to magically disappear just because he left Arsenal.
Liverpool would have, or at least should have, known exactly what sort of player they were getting: one that offers so much promise until he gets to the final third of the pitch, where he’ll either make the wrong decision or waste a good opportunity. He’s well behind the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in that sense.
It was primarily for that reason that the Arsenal fans weren’t all that upset to see him leave.
It’s very early days in his Liverpool career, but so far, the decision to sell looks a very smart one.