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Jurgen Klopp: ‘Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is like dynamite’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he has been impressed with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s explosive style of play since joining the club in the summer.

The 24-year-old has taken time to get going at Anfield upon arriving for a £35m fee two months ago, managing just one full 90-minute appearance thus far.

Oxlade-Chamberlain performed well when introduced from the bench against Huddersfield Town last weekend, though, while also registering his first goal in the 7-0 win over Maribor two weeks ago.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s return fixture against the Slovenian side, Klopp told This is Anfield: “I do want to specifically mention Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has shown his class each and every time he has had the opportunity on the pitch and the weekend was another example of this.

“He is like dynamite when he comes on. Aggressive in the most positive way. Front foot always. Looking to attack and create. These performances come because of how good his attitude is in training at Melwood. He has the highest quality in everything he does; sometimes I think he is the last to realise this.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose solitary 90-minute runout came in the 2-0 EFL Cup defeat to Leicester on September 19, is expected to get the nod to start against Maribor.

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