Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's energetic cameo during Liverpool's draw with Manchester United was a significant step forward in his Anfield career, believes Jürgen Klopp.
The deadline-day signing from Arsenal entered the action in the latter stages of Saturday’s goalless encounter as the Reds looked to force a breakthrough.
And Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has started just one game for Liverpool since his switch, produced a lively performance on the right, leaving his manager pleased with his endeavours.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com on board the team flight to Maribor, Klopp said: “It was very good, I liked it!
“Ox is a big signing for us, an English international and stuff like this, but coming in and doesn’t play regularly - I understand all the things, but everyone needs time, even Ox. He is cool, it is fine.
“With the different style of play, everything what is new is more intense for a new player. You are exhausted even in moments when you shouldn’t be exhausted, but it’s all about trying to adapt to all that stuff.
“We haven’t had the time in training because already since he’s been in there have been two international breaks, but that’s all.
“When he came on, I think it was obvious it was a big step and I was really happy about this.”