Klopp names the two things ‘long-term project’ Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to get back to top form

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Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to find his rhythm again after his long-term injury, and once that happens, he will find himself more involved in games.

The central midfielder largely struggled against his former side, Arsenal, during the 5-5 draw in the Carabao Cup, though he did score a stunning goal from distance.

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Klopp knows that getting him back will be vital for the Reds this season, with goals from midfield not something to be turned down.

Via the Daily Mirror, he said: “He has scored, nice, both at Genk, a real stunner on Wednesday, a lot of outstanding moments, but other moments he is not involved.

“We always have to try to reach perfection. He still needs rhythm but that is no problem. He is a long-term project.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in line for another start today against Aston Villa in the Premier League. If Klopp decides to give Fabinho, who is one yellow card away from a suspension, the day off, Jordan Henderson could play as the number six, and he could play instead.

The only way that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s rhythm will improve is by playing, though, of course, there is the Champions League game at home to Genk on Tuesday night to consider as well. That one might be a more likely one for him to start in, just as he did in the away game last week.

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