Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain praises fans for 'horrible' Anfield atmosphere

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the inspiration from the fans, helped spur them to the 3-0 win over City.

Oxlade-Chamberlain ranked his long-range strike past Ederson among the finest goals of his career but surprisingly, given his contribution in central midfield, admitted he was dissatisfied with his overall performance.

"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".

Many feel that Oxlade-Chamberlain has improved exponentially since leaving Arsenal, with Wenger having stunted his progression.

Klopp theorised: "We had a lot of talks".

"Sometimes it's only about changing the circumstances."

"He always took it by himself, he thought "OK, I could do more, I could have done more to change something", but he was aware of it - he was not coming here and saying "OK, come on, make the best of me, use me in the best way" or whatever".

No English footballer this year has turned his season and perhaps reputation around quicker than this midfielder; someone who arrived at Liverpool on the final day of the transfer window in August with many critics.

"It was never bad, only because Ox as a kid was an outstanding talent that people said it was not exactly what we had imagined, but he is an outstanding talent still and there is still a lot of things to improve - no problem with that".

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

"I could have been better on the ball and there are areas I need to improve on and can improve on".

Over the course of seven seasons with Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain's career trajectory was both counter-intuitive and indicative of much of what is now wrong with the club.

Besides, now that he's adapted to Klopp's footballing vision and life on Merseyside in general, he's starting to reap the benefits. With his confidence surely at an all time high after the night of his life at Anfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain now has an excellent chance to leave any regrets from his time at Arsenal behind.

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