Football: Liverpool recruit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain excited by Jurgen Klopp link-up

England's midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain runs with the ball during the World Cup 2018 qualification football match between England and Slovakia at Wembley Stadium in London on Sept 4, 2017.
England's midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain runs with the ball during the World Cup 2018 qualification football match between England and Slovakia at Wembley Stadium in London on Sept 4, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

London (AFP) - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is itching to start work with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and could make his debut in Saturday's Premier League headline clash with Manchester City.

The England midfielder, 24, rejected a new contract offer from Arsenal and an approach from champions Chelsea to join Liverpool in a £35 million (S$61.48 million) deal last week.

He said playing in Klopp's swashbuckling team had been a key motivating factor and he could scarcely have asked for a more high-octane start than a showdown with Pep Guardiola's big-spending City.

"Watching him, (you see) his passion and how much he cares about the game," Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Liverpool website.

"The thing that stood out for me was his relationship with the players, how close he seems to bond with the players on and off the field.

"That's massive and it's definitely a big plus when you're looking to progress, having that relationship with the manager. And then obviously the way his teams play. That's definitely inspirational for me and was one of the instrumental (reasons) - if not the main reason - that I felt this place was definitely the place for me."