Liverpool boss Klopp insists Oxlade-Chamberlain success doesn't reflect on Wenger

Apr 08, 2018, 00:54
Liverpool boss Klopp insists Oxlade-Chamberlain success doesn't reflect on Wenger

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.

His last goal before Wednesday had actually come in Liverpool's similarly thrilling 4-3 league win over City at Anfield in January and, with Everton up next at Goodison Park on Saturday before the second leg against City three days later, the spotlight will remain intense.

Towards the end of his time at Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain was struggling to find his best form, but Klopp is adamant that Wenger was not responsible for the player's stagnant performances.

"We had a lot of talks and Oxlade loved Arsene Wenger, really".

Oxlade-Chamberlain was accused of not reaching the next level while at Arsenal, but Klopp insists the midfielder does not blame Wenger for that and only needed a change in environment.

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

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

"He always took it by himself".

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

"It definitely shows why I wanted to come here and I want to keep improving".

Liverpool must do it all over again in Manchester next Tuesday but if City pour forward too much too early, and leave gaps in defence, Liverpool know they can score again and settle the tie.

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.

'And because of these new things, he experienced a different style of football.

Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Arsenal six years ago and his progress at the club was often interrupted by injuries. That gives you the opportunity to do things you're not used to, and that's what helped him.

"That's what we were hoping for".

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

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

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