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Liverpool Echo
Dan Brown

What Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did in Liverpool training to impress Pep Lijnders

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has highlighted how Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is impressing in pre-season training.

The comments made by Lijnders come after Jurgen Klopp suggested that the midfielder, who has already been used in a number of positions during his Liverpool career, could be used in a more advanced role moving forward.

During his time at Anfield, the midfielder has suffered a number of devastating injuries. A cruciate ligament rupture sustained in 2018 kept him out of action for nearly a year and more recently, he suffered a knee Injury that sidelined him for over 100 days.

Despite previous injury trouble, the 27-year-old has impressed Liverpool coaches – including Lijnders – during the Reds’ pre-season tour in Austria.

“We had a big focus on our set-pieces this morning. In these training camps, it’s about not only about going back to basics, but also about putting in new ideas and make steps to evolve and become better,” Lijnders told

"I also have to highlight that Ox has scored some absolute worldies in training in these last few days – and you absolutely love to see it!

"The other evening, when the staff came together after the day's training – the coaching staff, the physios, the press team – we had the idea to play a game.

"We never normally do that because we’re always usually watching football games, but we had this idea to play Uno because one of the kitchen staff had brought it with her.

"We played it with a lot of people and one thing is for sure, you immediately learn the characters of each single person."

Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to continue impressing in Liverpool training as he fights to establish himself at Anfield once again.

The midfielder was mostly confined to the bench in the latter part of last season as the Reds chased a Champions League place, but he'll be hoping to impress his manager ahead of the new campaign.

With a number of Anfield departures expected this summer – with the likes of Marko Grujić, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri all potentially leaving the club – Klopp could place increased responsibility onto Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shoulders.

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