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Carabo Cup: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain Set to Make His First Start for Liverpool

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will benefit from Saido Mane‘s absence and will get his first start for Liverpool against Leicester City as the Senegalese serves his suspension.

Chamberlain set to start for the Reds against the Foxes.
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The £40m deadline-day signing is in line for a first Reds start at Leicester in Tuesday’s Carabao up tie.

The Englishman has so far restricted the former Arsenal man to just 57 minutes across three substitute appearances – 45 of those in a damage-limitation exercise at Manchester City following Sadio Mane’s red card.

Give him Time!

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has backed his summer signing to come good and make an impact.

He also revealed today that though he’s been impressed by the English international’s transition to a new system, Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue to be eased into a role that suits him and the team best.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, he said: ”We are working on it.

”We are obviously together with him and the analysts to show him how we want to play him in this position and in that position.

”So there is work to do but there is no rush. That is how it is but it is really good that he is here.

“Of course it is always better and next year it will be like this if a new player comes in for the  season at least, if not for the pre-season. That would be even better.

“When the season starts, now we are really in this three-games-per-week rhythm and during the international break he was with the national team.

”So it is not easy and it takes time.

“Already on the weekend he came on in a difficult situation. There was pressure and we tried to do something without giving up too many opportunities. We took a lot of risk in this game and he was involved in it and did really well.”

Chamberlain will be hopeful that he and the team do better against Leicester as they have been without a win since he joined Liverpool.

Kolawole Awolope
Think about that Gerrard shot in the 2005 UCL final, the CR7 celebration and Messi running in between defenders. Follow me on twitter and instagram @kopainzy

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