Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hails Anfield crowd

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hails Anfield crowd

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain refused to blame Arsene Wenger for his lack of improvement at Arsenal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal to join Liverpool in £35 million deal last summer and has been impressive with his performance including helping his new side win 3-0 over Manchester City in the Champions League first leg of the quarter-finals.

It was a lovely counter-attacking move which saw Salah receive the ball down the right flank where he ran at the City defence before playing in Roberto Firmino in the box.

Better than his strike against the same opponent at the same end in January, it was still only his fifth goal since a £40milllion move - something Klopp has been badgering the midfielder about.

"Slowly it is starting to pay off and it helps me to create moments like that and that is what I have wanted to do from midfield. I showed myself that if it's on more often I can keep doing it".

I'm really pleased for the OX and many people must now understand player development has unfortunately stopped at Arsenal!

"He [the referee] gave me a booking, but I was a bit disappointed because I hadn't conceded many fouls during the game. I have to set the bar high, I have to improve to get to where I want to get".

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Now on the brink of his first Champions League semi-final having scored an absolute belter to down City at Anfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain may well feel vindicated.

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". The three boys up front this season have stood out in how clinical they have been. It definitely got us going and you could see that.

"I think it's the same for Theo really, he needed to get away. I remember when Chelsea won it they had a lot of games where they didn't dominate possession".

Before that trip down the M62, however, comes a brief jaunt across Stanley Park for the 231st Merseyside derby against bitter rivals Everton.

"You don't need reminding how big a game that is going to be, especially at Goodison", said the midfielder. It was felt like two legs in one game - establishing a lead safe enough to invite pressure, knowing risks mean opportunities for counter attacks.

He added: "We enjoy this tonight and then we start again tomorrow".