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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explains a key difference between Klopp and Wenger

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Unlike Mohamed Salah, it's fair to say that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't set the world alight during his first few months as a Liverpool player.

After six years at Arsenal, for whom he scored 20 goals in 198 appearances, Chamberlain moved to Anfield this summer for £35 million.

He's struggled to establish himself in Liverpool's starting XI, however he did mark his first Premier League start for the club with a goal in the 4-1 win at West Ham.


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Ahead of the visit of former club Southampton on Saturday, the 24-year-old has opened up about his Liverpool career so far, insisting he's ready to push on.

Whilst discussing how he's had to adapt, Oxlade-Chamberlain touched on a major difference in management style between Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger.

The Ox on Klopp and Wenger

After expressing how happy he is with the way his integration into the Liverpool team has gone so far, Oxlade-Chamberlain pinpointed a key difference between the two managers.


"I learned a big change in the style of play under a new manager," the versatile English midfielder said, in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

"Arsene (Wenger) is a great manager and he's proved that for many years. His philosophy and style of play is based on the 'Arsenal way' of playing, with his passing game.

"That's brilliant, and works very well for him. Jurgen (Klopp) is very demanding and he makes clear to us our roles and responsibilities, and the intensity that he wants out of us."

So, according to The Ox, Wenger's philosophy is primarily based on possession, whereas Klopp puts significantly more emphasis on energy, intensity and work-rate.

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The Ox's Liverpool career so far

The Englishman, whose most preferred position is central midfield, added: "It's been a change for me. You want to come to a new club and hit the ground running straightaway, and maybe I didn't do that as quickly as I would have liked.

"Obviously, competition for places is really high here, as I expected, but you're always eager to be playing straightaway and starting as many games as possible.

"That hasn't been the case as much, but I've learnt a lot and I feel like I've adapted well to the requirements of the manager, the coaches and the boys as well."

Having been left out of England's squad for the recent international break, Oxlade-Chamberlain is also determined to use his platform at Liverpool to get back into Gareth Southgate's plans.


With next year's World Cup on the horizon, and with nine of his 12 Liverpool appearances so far coming as a substitute, The Ox must find a way to become a regular starter under Klopp.

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