‘Klopp loves him’: Rio Ferdinand raves about Liverpool FC midfielder

Rio Ferdinand singles out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for special praise after Liverpool FC's 4-1 win over Genk

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand has singled out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for special praise after the midfielder helped to fire Liverpool FC to a 4-1 victory over Genk in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Making his first Champions League start of the season, the England midfielder fired the home side into the lead at Anfield within two minutes, and he added a spectacular second after the break in an impressive display on Merseyside.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah wrapped up a comfortable home win for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they took a step closer towards qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping that his impressive display will help to earn him a regular spot in the first team at Anfield in the coming weeks.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves praise for the way he performed at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Speaking to BT Sport on Wednesday night, Ferdinand said: “You get the feeling his teammates love him. You can tell Klopp loves him and he’s desperate to get him in the team somehow.

“He offers something totally different to the likes of Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Henderson.

“He can dribble past people which is hard for a midfielder. It’s great to see him get back in. I like the way that he gets into those positions.

“Once he gets into those pockets in behind the opposition’s midfield he can dribble and shoot.

“He’s a fantastic footballer and it’s all about decision making there. He offers something totally different in the midfield for Liverpool.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to be involved when Liverpool FC return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon with a crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

The Reds are currently six points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they look to maintain their spot at the top of the top flight.

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