Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to make his first appearance this Saturday when Liverpool will be paying against Manchester City. The England midfielder, 24, has been reported to have rejected a new contract offer from Arsenal and an approach to join EPL champions Chelsea. He moved to Liverpool in a £35 million deal last week.
According to Chamberlain, playing in Klopp’s squad has been a motivating factor especially playing against Pep Guardiola’s big-spending and EPL giants Manchester City where he expects to steer a win in the match.
“The thing that stood out for me was his relationship with the players, how close he seems to bond with the players on and off the field.
“That’s massive and it’s definitely a big plus when you’re looking to progress, having that relationship with the manager.
“And then obviously the way his teams play. That’s definitely inspirational for me and was one of the instrumental (reasons) — if not the main reason — that I felt this place was definitely the place for me.” Oxlade-Chamberlain, nicknamed ‘The Ox’, told the Liverpool website.
However his move was sealed on deadline day business when Liverpool decided to retain the services of Philippe Coutinho who had requested a transfer on the eve of the season to join Barcelona.
Having returned to action for Brazil during the international break following a spell on the sidelines with a back injury, Coutinho could make his return to action at the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling’s subsequent dismissal, after he was shown a second yellow card for running into the crowd in celebration, means he will miss the reunion with his former club.
But right-back Kyle Walker returns after completing a one-match suspension for his red card on his home debut against Everton.
City suffered a blow after missing out on a move for Alexis Sanchez despite spending £221 million on new players in the transfer window.
A 4-0 thrashing of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arsenal on their last outing left them second in the table behind Manchester United and they beat Hoffenheim 6-3 over two legs to secure a Champions’ League group-phase berth.