Liverpool coach details Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain improvement amid position change talk
Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders has explained how Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has improved in training this summer.
It comes as Jurgen Klopp hints that the 27-year-old could be utilised in a different position from now on.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a tough time at Anfield after a succession of injuries that have kept him from fulfilling his promise.
There had been talk that Liverpool would offload the ex-Arsenal star and sign a more reliable player.
But the England international has wowed coaches in training, including Klopp's right-hand man Lijnders, who has been keeping fans up to date with how the players are behind the scenes.
He told Liverpool’s official website: “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.
"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."
It comes amid news that Klopp is prepared to use Oxlade-Chamberlain in a different position to get the best out of him.
During his time at Arsenal, he was slowly being morphed into a right wing-back - a position he did not enjoy.
The former Southampton man insisted he was a central midfielder, which played a role in his departure from the Gunners to Liverpool.
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But Klopp wants to utilise Oxlade-Chamberlain's attacking threat by moving him further forward in a No. 10 role - potentially in an attempt to get the best out of his long-shot finishing.
In fact, the German boss is relying on the midfielder this season as he prepares to say goodbye to the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi.
Liverpool are not planning on replacing the duo, who have been tipped to leave the club this summer, with the Reds happy to trust Oxlade-Chamberlain.