Klopp: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is like a new signing.

Klopp explains the next step for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is delighted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of the "four new players" he will have at his disposal next season.

The 25-year-old missed majority of the 2018-19 campaign (featuring twice in the closing stages last season) due to a knee ligament injury he sustained in April 2018.

He returned to training in West Derby as the champions of Europe started their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign which starts on Friday 9 August 2019.

"If Ox can stay fit - new player for us," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Rhian the same - he is a really big talent. We're really looking forward to seeing him in training and all that stuff. It will be an important role for us; we planned an important role for him. So, new player.

"Joe Gomez is pretty much a new player. Adam Lallana, new player. After a lot of problems last year, if these boys can really stay fit then that's completely different to last year for the team because there is real quality. That's cool."

The former Dortmund coach continued: "Hopefully we can use the time to give these players the time because it's been a while since they had competitive games. We start pretty intensely with Tranmere, who were promoted.

"After a few days' training, playing that game against a League One team is a challenge. Then Bradford and then we really go for it.

"You play these games not only for doing something in these 90 minutes, you want to see a few things: improvement, desire and all that stuff.

"We have to be ready early. We start the league on Friday night against Norwich - we have to be ready and that's not the only game we prepare for, of course."

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