Jurgen Klopp loved something about Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance v Maribor

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There's something not quite right with Liverpool at the moment.

The Reds possess one of the most formidable attacks in the Premier League and started the season with menace but just haven't looked the same since the first international break - procuring just two league wins this side of August.

Defensive frailties have been at the heart of their undulating form with Dejan Lovren subbed off in disgrace against Tottenham with Ragnor Klavern and Joel Matip also showing their weaknesses.

There was perhaps no better respite than the visit of Maribor to Anfield then with Jurgen Klopp's men having run away 7-0 victors in the reverse fixture.

Things didn't come so easily on Merseyside, however, as the Slovenian champions bullied Liverpool into half-time at 0-0 with James Milner following in Mohamed Salah's step by missing from the spot.

Return to form v Maribor

Salah eventually broke the deadlock after the break, though, before Emre Can chipped in with a second and Daniel Sturridge scored his first Champions League goal in seven years.

Not everybody was convinced, however - just ask Roy Keane.

The Irishman launched a scathing attack on Liverpool last night, coldly stating: "They're poor at the back, there's question marks over the goalkeeper - there's not too much to say about Liverpool.

"If Liverpool were playing in my backgarden I wouldn't watch them. They're just drifting, drifting nowhere."

Nevertheless, one player who quietly went about his business was a certain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the Englishman bucked the trend of his poor start to life at Anfield.

Klopp himself was certainly impressed and one particular aspect of the Ox's game caught his eye.

The German explained: "If he starts a Champions League game, he is not far from starting a Premier League game, no?

"He was good, he offered a lot, I loved his counter-pressing situations. "

"I’m not sure he did this a lot of times in his life already so it was really nice to see."

If Klopp loves something about a player it's gegenpressing and something seemed to click for Oxlade-Chamberlain last night in his new team's style of play.

The jury is still out on the £40 million capture but the signs of future success are certainly there. Watch this space.

Do you think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a good signing for Liverpool? Have your say in the comments section below.

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