Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hails Anfield crowd

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain celebrates his goal

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain celebrates his goal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hailed Liverpool's fans for creating a "horrible" atmosphere at Anfield during the club's 3-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City.

It was a attractive counter-attacking move which saw Salah receive the ball down the right flank where he ran at the City defence before playing in Roberto Firmino in the box.

Better than his strike against the same opponent at the same end in January, it was still only his fifth goal since a £40milllion move - something Klopp has been badgering the midfielder about.

Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal for Liverpool on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2017.

"At times it has gone against me because I can be hard on myself and beat myself up a bit", he said.

The 24-year-old said: "The manager has been pushing me all season and shouting at me for not taking the game by the scruff of the neck and providing those kinds of moments, being the one shooting and making the difference. [But] all players can improve". "I've been working on that, on trying to do it more often".

Jurgen Klopp's team have a solid lead in their Champions League quarter-final tie, which was gained in a first-half marked by goals from Mohamed Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane. 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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"We definitely have qualities that are suited to this competition", he added.

"We're going to have to defend really well and we're going to have to go out there with confidence and attack as well".

"If you are the away team and the crowd gets going like that [inside Anfield], it is disgusting", Oxlade-Chamberlain insisted. "I remember when Chelsea won it they had a lot of games where they didn't dominate possession".

Before that trip down the M62, however, comes a brief jaunt across Stanley Park for the 231st Merseyside derby against bitter rivals Everton.

"It's testament to him: he's getting games, he knows what he's meant to be doing, he's getting in the team, he's got a game plan and he's carrying it out perfectly". It is the one of, if not the, biggest game of the season every time we play the derby.

"It's only the first leg, so we need to make sure we do it again away".

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