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Klopp Talk: I Followed Oxlade-Chamberlain Since Dortmund

The Liverpool boss says he “Didn’t need to think twice” about signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal FC v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

It’s transfer deadline day and Liverpool have at least one major signing completed: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal. It might seem like a bit of an odd one considering Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t fit a pressing need at any one area, but he is versatile and provides some much-needed squad depth.

If Liverpool fans aren’t quite sold on Ox, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is all-in, and has been for quite some time.

“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,” Kloppo explained, “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.

“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.

“This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.”

Well, if Klopp is delighted, then so am I.

Though, I think we’ll all be more delighted with one or two more big signings before the window closes...

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