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Jurgen Klopp explains why he won't play Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in CM anytime soon

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been having a tough time since his £35 million move to Liverpool during the summer transfer window.

After showing glimpses of the top player he can be during his tenure with Arsenal, the 24-year-old really found his stride during the second-half of last season playing as a right wing-back.

It was undoubtedly his best spell as an Arsenal player - which has just as much to do with his fitness as anything else - and it led to Chelsea and Liverpool coming knocking this summer.

The Ox was understood to be frustrated with Arsenal's direction under Arsene Wenger and, more than anything else, wanted to make his name in centre-midfield.

On top of that, reports suggested that the England international had a desire to play for Jurgen Klopp, so the stars aligned when the Reds made a late bid for his services in August.

However, it has been far from plain sailing since.

The Ox has been subject to ridicule from several quarters with his underwhelming performances on Merseyside.

With Sadio Mane injured, it seems as if there may be an opening for Oxlade-Chamberlain in Klopp's front three and the German has insisted that a wide position is where the player will feature for the foreseeable future.

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“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,” Klopp added.

“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."

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Despite Ox's dreams of playing in a playmaking role, Klopp insists that isn't his best position.

“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.

“I was not only happy about his offensive situations (against Man United), I also liked the way he reacted after we lost the ball.

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“At this moment he is training only on the wing so it is clear. It can never be without training as an eight 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.”

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