Jurgen Klopp hails Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's development at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp hails Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's development at Liverpool

Liverpool have been charged by Uefa after the City team coach was damaged outside Anfield before kick-off but it was the noise inside that Oxlade-Chamberlain has cited as having the greater influence on the first leg. Depending on perspective, Oxlade-Chamberlain's time at Arsenal might be taken as further evidence of Arsene Wenger's late-career struggle to fully develop youngsters - see Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Serge Gnabry and Walcott among others - or a sign of some competitive and psychological malaise in the dressing room which caused so much potential to drift by the wayside. "I showed myself that if it's on more often I can keep doing it".

The 24-year-old has impressed since joining Liverpool in £35 million deal last summer and helped play a key role in the 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League earlier this week.

"It's an awesome place to play, it was stable, you build relationships, but I felt I had to do it for football reasons to try and better myself".

The midfielder claimed that Liverpool's clean-sheet was nearly as important as their goals and speaking to RTÉ Sport he said: "The nil is always massive, it gives us a great chance to get there and get a goal and that sets us up to see it home".

"It was a great start for us - going 3-0 up before half-time set us up brilliantly", the England worldwide told BT Sport.

Rio Ferdinand, who was on punditry duties for BT Sport, led the compliment charge with an assured verdict on Oxlade-Chamberlain after the game. "It got us going and it would probably shake anyone up so you have to give fans credit for that".

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"He [the referee] gave me a booking, but I was a bit disappointed because I hadn't conceded many fouls during the game".

"I feel it was the right time".

"The manager has been pushing me all season and shouting at me for not taking the game by the scruff of the neck at times, providing those kinds of moments, being the one shooting and making the difference", said Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose Liverpool form has earned an England recall.

"We definitely have qualities that are suited to this competition", he said.

"Oxlade loved Arsene Wenger and never blamed him for not improving enough but sometimes it's only about changing the circumstances". A pattern emerged of one good game followed by three or four hugely frustrating ones, with the Ox one of several Arsenal players particularly guilty of losing possession in indefensible areas.

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