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 has been around for so long - he is now in his 10th season as a professional - that it is easy to forget he is still very young but it is clear he is exhausted of being talked about in terms of potential and, like the side he represents, is in a hurry to make a lasting impression. "It was something that will stay with me forever".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's improvement shouldn't reflect on Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.

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.

"And then players sort of came to Arsenal and he sort of lost his way".

Having started the last two friendlies under Gareth Southgate in the centre of midfield, having heaved himself back into contention at global level through his energetic and influential performances for Liverpool, he probably goes to Russian Federation now as a guaranteed starter.

It was never because of Arsenal or Arsene. The balance of blame between player, manager and factors out of their control is ultimately subjective, though it should be noted that three FA Cup winners' medals hardly constitute absolute failure for the Ox.


"We had a lot of talks and Oxlade loved Arsene Wenger, really". "The further you go the better the teams you play against and you don't get many opportunities so you have to be clinical".

Jurgen Klopp's side are favourites to reach the last four of the Champions League after seeing off their domestic rivals in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

While Everton have had a disappointing season by their standards, and Liverpool have been flying high in the Premier League and Champions League, the fact the Reds have to play Manchester City again on Tuesday could offer Everton some hope of grabbing a result.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made it 2-0 with a long-range strike beyond City goalkeeper Ederson, admitted the home support was "unbelievable" - and not just during the game. While he may be indulged the occasional blip along the way, he now needs to show consistency in his preferred berth in the midfield as he approaches what should be his professional prime.

The midfielder claimed that Liverpool's clean-sheet was nearly as important as their goals and speaking to RTÉ Sport he said: "The nil is always massive, it gives us a great chance to get there and get a goal and that sets us up to see it home".

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