Jurgen Klopp: What I thought the first time I saw Liverpool FC signing
The Liverpool manager reveals his first impression of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the England midfielder's move to Anfield
Jurgen Klopp has opened up about the first time the Liverpool manager saw new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain play.
The 24-year-old completed a £40m move to Liverpool from Arsenal on transfer deadline day to become Klopp’s fourth signing of the summer.
England international Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly signed a five-year contract worth around £120,000 a week at the Merseyside outfit.
The Liverpool signing spent seven seasons at the Gunners before deciding to kick-start his career with a move to Anfield.
Klopp first encountered Oxlade-Chamberlain during Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win against Arsenal in the Champions League in 2014.
The England midfielder replaced Mesut Ozil in the 62nd minute during the Gunners’ defeat in Germany.
Liverpool boss Klopp was certainly impressed with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cameo after signing the Arsenal star in a £40m deal.
Speaking to the club’s website about his first impressions of the new Liverpool signing, Klopp said:
“I remember the first time I saw him play live – it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact.
“He stood out immediately because of his pace and skills and his attitude in such a big game for a young player; I remember him chasing back to make a brilliant challenge on Mkhitaryan in the box to save a certain goal.”
Klopp added: “We won that game but lost the return match at Arsenal when he started and played well, I think he hit the post. Since then I have followed him and when I heard it may be possible to sign him I didn’t need to think twice.”