It speaks volumes about Liverpool’s potential that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was ready to reject a move to Chelsea in order to sign for Liverpool.
The Reds completed a move for the 24-year-old on deadline day in a £35 million deal from Arsenal.
And his arrival caps a good summer for Liverpool, who signed Mohamed Salah and managed to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho, who was the subject of three bids from Barcelona.
Jurgen Klopp revealed that Oxlade-Chamberlain first caught his eye in 2014 after the England international signed a five-year contract at Anfield.
“I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed,” the Liverpool boss said, per the Telegraph. “Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic.
“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 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 Mkhitaryan in the box to save a certain goal.”
Liverpool's Oxlade-Chamberlain mistake
It remains to be seen what Oxlade-Chamberlain’s role will be at Liverpool; the player wants to play in centre-midfield but faces competition from Coutinho, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson, but it’s clear Klopp views him as an important addition.
The same can’t really be said for Liverpool’s media team, who managed to make two glaring errors when the published behind the scenes footage of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s signing on YouTube.
They first spelt Oxlade-Chamberlain’s name incorrectly, writing ‘Oxelaide’, and they failed again when they tried to amend their mistake.
‘Oxelaide’ was changed to ‘Oxelade’ which, of course, is still incorrect. Oops.
Fans on Twitter noticed Liverpool’s error and immediately poked fun at the Reds.
We can only hope Liverpool don’t Oxlade-Chamberlain’s name incorrectly on the back of his matchday shirts.
Klopp: He's willing to take risks
Klopp wasn’t ready to discuss what position Oxlade-Chamberlain will play, instead preferring to discuss the former Southampton man’s ability.
“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," Klopp added.
“A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen."
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