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Oxlade-Chamberlain silences doubters for sweet redemption

08 April 2018

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.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined Liverpool from Arsenal in August, believes the result came about as a result of both he and his team-mates on-field efforts and the supporter's off-field antics.

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. It definitely shows why I wanted to come here.

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

"At times it has gone against me because I can be hard on myself and beat myself up a bit", he said. His first season at Liverpool has been far from flawless - 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 [the referee] gave me a booking, but I was a bit disappointed because I hadn't conceded many fouls during the game". Coming into the stadium for a game which was not a final it nearly set it up to be like a final.

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"There were a few runs I did in the first half where I broke the line and it was just the last man I didn't manage to get past or didn't get the shot off and it is those moments where I could have had a second goal or set someone up that I can work on". It was felt like two legs in one game - establishing a lead safe enough to invite pressure, knowing risks mean opportunities for counter attacks.

"It's only the first leg, so we need to make sure we do it again away". The derby is up there with the biggest game of the season and we know that.

"Going forward they are always a threat on the break and that is good for us because there will be times when we don't see a lot of the ball and when we can break that is when we can hurt teams. I don't think we will go into it (against City) with any complacency, we would be stupid if we did that".

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Oxlade-Chamberlain silences doubters for sweet redemption