Jurgen Klopp sends clear message to Liverpool FC fans about new signing
Jurgen Klopp discusses Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's start at Liverpool FC following his transfer from Arsenal last month
Jurgen Klopp has told Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that he will need to be patient to earn a regular spot in the first team at Liverpool.
The England midfielder signed for the Reds from Arsenal on transfer deadline day last month as he opted to leave The Emirates for a new challenge.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to break into the first team at Liverpool so far, with the 24-year-old having yet to start a Premier League game for the Merseyside outfit.
The midfielder has so far made two appearances from the bench for Klopp’s side.
However, the German manager has moved to reassure the player that his time in the first team will come following his move to Anfield.
Speaking at a news conference at Melwood on Monday, Klopp said: “We are working on it. We are obviously together with him and the analysts to show him how we want to play him in this position and in that position.
“So there is work to do but there is no rush. That is how it is but it is really good that he is here.
“Of course it is always better – and next year it will be like this – if a new player comes in for the [start of] the season at least, if not for the pre-season. That would be even better.
“When the season starts, now we are really in this three-games-per-week rhythm and during the international break he was with the national team. So it is not easy and it takes time.
“But already at the weekend [against Burnley], he came on in a difficult situation and he did really well.”
Liverpool are aiming to better their fourth-placed finish in the Premier League this season after they secured Champions League qualification under Klopp last term.
The Reds will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
Oxlade-Chamberlain helped Arsenal to win the FA Cup under Arsene Wenger last season, but the Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League.