Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t be playing central midfield any time soon and its absolutely hillarious to hear unless you are Alex Oxlade Chamberlain that is.
Klopp has opted to field the 24-year-old out wide in the few appearances he has recieved so far for his new club and has now actually revealed that he has no such plans of playing the Ox in his preferred central midfield role any time soon.
Liverpool manager now insists Oxlade-Chamberlain will need much more time before being considered for his preferred position and will instead be provided time on the wings in Sadio Mane’s absence.
Speaking ahead of their Champions League tie here is what Klopp had to say :
‘Obviously it is a different style to Arsenal and a different role to the wing-back role he played in his last games for Arsenal,’ ‘Then he plays for England and they all come back from their national teams not confused, but with different plans. That’s not too simple. “I would say there has been no consistency until now. We let him run so far, let him do what he is naturally good at and it will take time but it’s all good. He is obviously powerful and that is what we need. “At the moment his best position is more the wing that the No 8. “Without training, playing in the middle of the park doesn’t make sense.” ‘At this moment he is training only on the wing so it is clear. It can never be without training as a No.8 first. ‘It wouldn’t be good for him, it wouldn’t be good for us. ‘For now it makes more sense to pick him in the more offensive positions. But it is not fixed for the next five years.”
Basically thats Klopp making us rolling on the floor with laughter and then some.
I don’t know about the long term but till the next season atleast i do not see Chambo partnering Henderson in the middle of the park unless Can, that dutch fellow and Lallana are all lying on the hospital bed or something. If that happens i wouldn’t mind one bit seeing Chambo in the middle.
But till then as we knew and predicted, Chamberlain will out in the wings playing the role he thrived in at Arsenal but hated all too much. Only difference now is that he will get to play for 20 solid minutes instead of the 90 offered to him here along with the huge pay package.
Anyways its not much but in our miserable gooner daily life, little nuggets of joy are hard to come by unless its the FA Cup final so we ll take what we get and watching Jurgen Klopp expressing passionately and with a bucket load of expressions why Chambo is certainly not in his central midfield plans is really an excellent source of comic relief.
Heres to our miserable but better life than Chamberlain’s.
Cheers and COYG !!!!