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Jurgen Klopp reveals when he was first impressed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Liverpool have made Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain their fourth summer signing after landing the midfielder in a £35million deal from Arsenal.

The England international had made it clear he wanted to leave the Emirates this summer, rejecting a new contract that would have seen him earn £180,000-per-week.

It will make it all the sweeter for Jurgen Klopp that his side have beaten title rivals Chelsea to his signature.

The Blues looked to be leading the race until the Ox informed them he wished to head to Anfield instead.

Klopp's decision to fork out for the former Southampton man has divided opinion, as it's fair to say he never had quite the impact that he was expected to have in north London.

His display in the 4-0 embarrassment against the Reds on Sunday wasn't one of his finer performances and summed up why a lot of Gooners won't be shedding too many tears over him leaving.

However, that one game alone wasn't going to change Liverpool's mind. In fact, it seems Klopp has had his eye on the 24-year-old for quite some time.

Speaking to the club's official website, the German admitted he still remembers how impressed he was the first time he saw him play.

Klopp's first impression 

“I remember the first time I saw him play live - it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact," he said.

"He stood out immediately because of his pace and skills and his attitude in such a big game for a young player; I remember him chasing back to make a brilliant challenge on [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan in the box to save a certain goal.

“We won that game but lost the return match at Arsenal when he started and played well, I think he hit the post. Since then I have followed him and when I heard it may be possible to sign him I didn't need to think twice."

The big question is how Oxlade-Chamberlain will actually fit into his XI, especially after their resounding victory at the weekend.

It's admirable that he didn't want to play for Arsenal or Chelsea because he didn't want to play as a wing-back, but Klopp has stopped short of guaranteeing him a place in central midfield, adding:

“I hear a lot of talk about positions but let's talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team."

What do you make of Ox's move to Liverpool? Have your say in the comments. 

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