Jurgen Klopp has made a reassurance to new signing Alex Oxlade Chamberlain of making the right choice of Liverpool in spite of insufficient play time in match fixtures.
Chamberlain successfully transferred on the closing date from Arsenal in a deal that cost Liverpool £35 million ($47 million; 39 million euros) however, he only had 57 minutes of play in three matches where he featured as substitute. While at Arsenal, the 24-year-old started all four matches for the Gunners and two for the national team.
The English player is hoping to start with the first eleven on Tuesday in the League Cup match away to Leicester.
“I thought it made complete sense for Alex to change club and to come here. He has settled in perfectly. He knew at least all the England players and a few others.
“He is a really nice lad so it is easy for him to settle into a new team. He knows the situation.
“He played all the games for Arsenal from the beginning and now he comes here and is on the bench so it looks, ‘Oh, not the best decision’, but it is long-term thing.
“We want to use him and to prepare him also. It is all good from this side at the moment,” Klopp said.
He disregarded comments that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s development had been impaired at Arsenal.
The Reds boss’ intention is to help the lad assume his full potential, having noticed he was still growing under Arsene Wenger’s tutelage before his departure.
“A new start is very often a kind of relief, that’s how it is.
“You are in a situation with your old club – and I don’t say this about Alex specifically — and you accept it and it is difficult to make the next step.
“Arsenal changed a lot since Arsene is there. I am sure they didn’t always play with three at the back and with wing-backs and so Alex played in different positions when he was there.
“It is the highest quality if you can play in different positions in the Premier League. That says a lot about you,” Klopp said.
He is also willing to feature third-choice goalkeeper, Danny Ward and midfielder Marko Grujic, who would be the latest introduction into the first line up. Klopp has made a number of rearrangement in his team in four matches in 11 days.