At Liverpool, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally looks ready to fulfill his potential

  • At Liverpool, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally looks ready to fulfill his potential

At Liverpool, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally looks ready to fulfill his potential

Oxlade-Chamberlain said after the match that Klopp has been urging him to "take games by the scruff of the neck" and "make the difference". 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.

"It was extraordinary, I've never played in anything like that and an atmosphere like that was incredible".

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.

But Klopp insists that is not the case, and that the player simply needed a change of scenery.

'We had a lot of talks and Oxlade loved Arsene Wenger.

"He never blamed Arsene Wenger for not improving enough or whatever".

"Being in a different place can sometimes be better [but] only if you are aware of your problems".

It was a sweet strike that the former Arsenal star admits he couldn't have hit better and Oxlade-Chamberlain is now backing himself to do it more often. It definitely shows why I wanted to come here.

His first season at Liverpool has been far from ideal - lowlights include a 5-0 defeat to City on his debut and dismal showings against Leicester in the League Cup and more recently Manchester United - but he could still feasibly end the season with European silverware and his career revitalised under Jurgen Klopp.

'He was from the first day ready for hard work, that's the most important thing. "It gives you the chance to do things in a new way". "It got us going and it would probably shake anyone up so you have to give fans credit for that".

Things got worse for City when Sadio Mane made it 3-0 to the Anfield outfit.

'And that's what we were hoping for when he came here to make the next step.

'He's an outstanding talent still, still a lot of things to improve, no problem with that'.