Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs time to adapt at Liverpool, says Jurgen Klopp


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs time to adapt at Liverpool, says Jurgen Klopp

Sturridge has only notched up one goal this season but the match against Burnley was the first time in which he managed to complete the full 90 minutes. The Foxes suffered narrow defeats at Arsenal and Manchester United during which Craig Shakespeare's men put in a pair of plucky performances.

"We are really there to win the game".

The 31-year-old was pictured sporting a cut just below his right eye during the session ahead of Leicester's Carabao Cup third round clash at home against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

One of the players who could feature at Leicester in midweek is striker Dominic Solanke.

However, Liverpool fans felt they failed to strengthen in defence, as a move for Virgil van Dijk never materialised.

Sturridge has made four appearances this term, scoring once, but he looks unlikely to be a regular fixture in attack for the Reds with Jurgen Klopp's first-choice front three being Roberto Firmino Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

"We have had a few different line-ups and everything has been good in this competition in the last few years when we went to the final and semi-final". The only positive - if it can be called a positive - was the return of Philippe Coutinho. The 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City came as a direct result of Sadio Mane's red card and Liverpool's defensive frailties, whereas the back-to-back stalemates against Sevilla and Burnley once again showed that Reds will have hard time fighting for glory this season with a defensive line this week.

"Yes, he got them back into the Champions League with last season's fourth place, which will have bought him plenty of boardroom bonus points". In this moment, we have the players for it and I think the squad is wide enough to play in different competitions and to come as far as possible and that's the plan at the moment.

"This is a recurring theme for Jurgen Klopp".

"From today's perspective, yes - we will see how it is in January", Klopp said, when asked if Liverpool can deal with multiple competitions.