Jurgen Klopp has made a superb point about Oxlade-Chamberlain right now
- Author: Stacy Allen Apr 08, 2018,
Apr 08, 2018, 0:53
Oxlade-Chamberlain was, in truth, being unduly harsh on himself but, equally, there was something refreshing about listening to this articulate 24-year-old talk with such maturity and candour.
These are the words of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the aftermath of Liverpool's 3-0 win against Manchester City on Wednesday evening, a result which leaves him within touching distance of the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in his career.
"Hendo [Jordan Henderson] was warning me about that before, he said "wait until you see it tonight" and I kind of knew what he meant but until you're out there and you see what the fans are doing and how much passion there was, it's was incredible to be part of". I've never witnessed anything like that.
Oxlade-Chamberlain believes their set up under Klopp makes them contenders to go all the way to the final in Kiev.
"It got me going and I'm sure it got the rest of the boys going".
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It was the midfielder's delicious strike that was the pick of the lot, however, and Oxlade-Chamberlain was quoted by the Daily Star as he spoke of his delight at the goal that handed his side the initiative on the night.
"We'll switch on as soon as we get into training tomorrow and we'll be looking for three points there, no doubt".
"City are an incredible football team but they are only human and you put anyone in a pressure environment in an atmosphere like that maybe it can disturb them". It definitely shows why I wanted to come here. "It got us going and it would probably shake anyone up so you have to give fans credit for that".
"I feel it was the right time".
It is perhaps an over-exaggeration to claim that Klopp has transformed Oxlade-Chambrlain. "It was always "I could do more" or 'I could have done something more".
"We definitely have qualities that are suited to this competition", he said. I could have been better on the ball so I was a bit disappointed with that.