Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit out at England international forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s critics and says it is unfair to compare the Ox with fellow summer signing Mohamed Salah.
While the Egyptian has hit the ground running and quickly established himself as a pivotal part of Klopp’s new-look attack line, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spent the majority of his Anfield career on the bench thus far.
The England star, who is yet to win a match for his new team since his transfer deadline day move, turned in a woeful outing against Leicester City on his first start for Liverpool in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup loss against Leicester City.
Mohammed Salah was rested during the week and is likely to return to action at the expense of the Englishman who Jurgen Klopp believes has been saddled with unrealistically high expectations.
‘He (Salah) had a whole pre-season (training with the squad), so it is not like he has had to settle in immediately, which is what fans are now expecting of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
‘He (Salah) has been working with us (Liverpool) for many weeks, so it’s no problem for him (Salah).”
‘What was it (transfer fee), £38million? I (Klopp) can never say a (transfer) fee like this was cheap. But he (Ox) is a good player, one we were convinced (sure) about. That’s why we did it (signed him).