Klopp reveals what Oxlade-Chamberlain said about Wenger

Dean Simpson
April 8, 2018

Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is beginning to shine after his move from Arsenal.

He has settled in well at Liverpool and hit a thumping shot to help the Reds thrash Manchester City 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie earlier this week. 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 the midfielder's delicious strike that was the pick of the lot, however, and Oxlade-Chamberlain was quoted by the Daily Star as he spoke of his delight at the goal that handed his side the initiative on the night.

The pair, who are both graduates of the Southampton academy, spent six years together as teammates at the Emirates, playing a combined total of 595 games and scoring 128 goals during their respective time at the club.

"That's what we were hoping for, that when he came here he could make the next step with us, but it was never because of Arsenal or Arsene Wenger, it was always only because some things didn't work out that well any more".

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

Being in a different place, if you're aware of your different problems....he knew he had to change something.

"He always took it by himself". It definitely shows why I wanted to come here.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was annoyed with himself, "disappointed", for not being better on the ball, particularly in a second half when City's dominance of possession was absolute but without the necessary level of objective to really hurt Liverpool.

'He was from the first day ready for hard work, that's the most important thing. Because of these new things he's experienced a new style of football.

Rio Ferdinand, who was on punditry duties for BT Sport, led the compliment charge with an assured verdict on Oxlade-Chamberlain after the game. "It got us going and it would probably shake anyone up so you have to give fans credit for that". "We had to make the most of that", Henderson said.

'It was never because of Arsenal or Arsene.

"It was never bad".

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