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Jurgen Klopp opens up about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a move away from the club this summer but manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that the former Arsenal midfielder still has a future at Anfield.

Liverpool paid £35 million for him back in 2017 and the midfielder made an impressive start to life at the Merseyside club.

However his time at Anfield has been plagued with injuries and the midfielder has fallen down the pecking order.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has rarely started a game for Liverpool this season and it will be interesting to see if the Premier League side decide to cash in on him in the summer.

The English midfielder will be hoping to regain his starting berth next season and it remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp can help him recapture his peak form.

Liverpool have had a difficult season this year and Klopp blames it on the defensive injuries he has had since the start of the season.

The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have all been sidelined for the majority of the season and Klopp says that the uncertainty at the back has taken away the balance of his squad.

With his defenders expected to return to action at the start of next season, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool can find their rhythm and form once again.

“The summer is important for all of us, and for Ox it’s exactly the same,” he told reporters (via FourFourTwo).

“When you don’t start games, then you have to use each training session and each minute on the pitch in a game to convince. I don’t have to be convinced, to be honest, but it’s about showing up in these kind of situations. 

“Oxlade had really good moments. He trains really well. These situations are not easy; for Naby [Keita] it is not easy, for Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] it is not easy, for some other players as well. I know that.

“But during the season, a lot of things happened. The one thing we tried to get, and when we got it we tried to keep it, was balance and rhythm, stability. That means that you don’t change these positions too often. That’s it, pretty much. 

“With always having a different defence, the midfield needed to be different to other times, when we were much more settled, much more stable. That’s the reason why some players don’t have enough minutes. 

“That will hopefully change completely next season because if you have that stability in the last line, then you can be more flexible in the formation, further up the pitch.”

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