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Klopp has no doubt Ox will make an impact at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make an impact at the club.

The midfielder, who joined from Arsenal for £35 million, has come in for criticism after his performance in the League Cup defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.

But Klopp has defended his player saying, "After a game like this where we lost and he didn't play his best game in his life. People will probably ask where's the impact he can make? I am not in doubt about this."

Klopp explains Coutinho's transfer request by relating it to relationship break up

Philippe Coutinho will not feature for Liverpool against Manchester City this weekend but manager Jurgen Klopp says the Brazilian did nothing "unforgivable" during Barcelona's pursuit of him.

Klopp does not feel the playmaker is fit enough to be included in the Reds squad for the short trip to the Etihad Stadium.

It is almost a month since Coutinho handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona, who had three bids rejected over the summer after Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group insisted the 25-year-old was not for sale.

He has not yet played a match for the Reds because of a reported back injury but played 47 minutes in two substitute appearances for the national team, scoring a trademark goal against Ecuador.

But that has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad.

"I can explain it a little - maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split," said Klopp.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire/PA Images

"It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. It is not the first time and it won't be the last time in history when similar things will happen.

"I really think we handled it really well. Not all the things in newspapers were 100 per cent right but it is normal a lot of things were coming up in a situation like this.

"But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. The most important thing is no one told me anything where I thought 'Oh, that is too much'.

"He came in yesterday, accepted 100 per cent the situation - I didn't even have to say anything about it."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set for switch to Liverpool

Credit: Liverpool FC

Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Press Association Sport understands the clubs have agreed a deal that will see the England international move to Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had also been a target for Premier League champions Chelsea but it is believed Liverpool was always the player's preferred destination.

Personal terms will now be discussed with reports suggesting Oxlade-Chamberlain could undergo a medical on Wednesday evening at St George's Park - where he is currently training with England ahead of their World Cup qualification double-header.

Chelsea had seemingly moved into pole position to land the former Southampton youngster after agreeing their own deal with Arsenal.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to have his heart set on a move to Liverpool.

The loss of the midfielder will be seen as a blow by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has been adamant in recent weeks that he wants to keep the player at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's hand was weakened by the fact Oxlade-Chamberlain's contract had less than a year to run and they have decided to cash in for a reported £40million rather than allow him to walk away for free in 2018.

Liverpool are also trying to conclude a club-record deal for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar before the transfer window closes.

The Ligue 1 side are reluctant to sell but their purchase of Lazio winger Keita Balde on Tuesday raised hopes they may be preparing for his departure.

It would likely take a fee in excess of £70million for the highly-rated 21-year-old and reported late interest from Barcelona, who have been frustrated in their attempts to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, may complicate things further.

Wantaway Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk is also a player Liverpool would be keen to sign should Saints decide to cut their losses on a defender who has yet to play for them this season after insisting he wants to leave.

But having had to publicly withdraw their interest earlier in the summer after allegations of an illegal approach, the Reds would need some encouragement from the south-coast club to make a world-record offer for a defender.

Liverpool start talks with Arsenal over Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool have opened up talks over a deal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Credit: pa

Liverpool have opened talks with Arsenal over a deal for midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chelsea appeared to have moved ahead in the race to sign the England international after reportedly having a bid of £40million accepted.

However, Liverpool have been monitoring the situation of the 24-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, for several months and Press Association Sport understands they made their move to start negotiations on Wednesday morning.

It is understood Oxlade-Chamberlain never got to the point of discussing personal terms at Stamford Bridge as his preferred destination is Anfield and he was holding out for the Reds to make their move.

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