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Oxlade-Chamberlain Hits An Absolute Screamer To Send Anfield Into Raptures

Oxlade-Chamberlain Hits An Absolute Screamer To Send Anfield Into Raptures

"It was a great start for us - going 3-0 up before half-time set us up brilliantly", the England global told BT Sport.

Much criticism was made following the 24-year-old's £35m transfer from the Emirates to Anfield last summer as some believed he was not worth the price tag and that he never fully established himself in the Arsenal team.

The 24-year-old English global scored 20 minutes in Wednesday night, his second goal against Manchester City, the Premier League champions-in-waiting this season.

While the atmosphere inside Anfield was doubtlessly a factor in geeing up Jurgen Klopp's side ahead of their barnstorming first half-hour against City - not to mention the maelstrom of noise, flares and billowing red smoke outside the ground, a demonstration which ended in an over-robust greeting for the City team bus - Oxlade-Chamberlain can be forgiven for finding Merseyside's greatest European night in recent memory especially emotive. It gives you an opportunity to do things in a new way and that has helped him.

"The manager has been pushing me all season and shouting at me for not taking the game by the scruff of the neck at times, providing those kinds of moments, being the one shooting and making the difference", said Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose Liverpool form has earned an England recall.

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

"He was not coming here and saying 'come on, make the best of me, use me in the best way". My game I wasn't too happy with.

"I feel it was the right time".

Oxlade-Chamberlain, though, warned against complacency setting in within Liverpool's camp as they look to extend their unbeaten run over Everton before turning their attentions to City once more.

It is perhaps an over-exaggeration to claim that Klopp has transformed Oxlade-Chambrlain. I could have been better on the ball so I was a bit disappointed with that.

"We definitely have qualities that are suited to this competition", he said. "We had a lot of talks".

Listen to them, remembering it will be an achievement to play so poorly against a team for the second time that might be without key figures in the second leg, and you quickly begin to think they still have a chance of progression, even from 3-0 down.