Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hails Anfield crowd

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"It's an awesome place to play, it was stable, you build relationships, but I felt I had to do it for football reasons to try and better myself".

There was no controversy surrounding Liverpool's second though as as Oxlade Chamberlain blasted in a wonderful strike from outside the box.

To achieve the latter, Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to show that his screamer against City was more than just momentary brilliance.

With the Merseyside Derby on the horizon, former Arsenal teammates Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been discussing why they both swapped the bright lights of the London for the vibrant city of Liverpool.

In January, Oxlade-Chamberlain doubted whether he would play at this summer's World Cup for England.

There could be no doubting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's sensational form at Liverpool after his 25-yard beauty against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Given his performance then, it was no surprise that Oxlade-Chamberlain was a popular conversation topic in Jurgen Klopp's press conference for the upcoming Everton clash. Going forward they are always a threat on the break and that is good for us because there will be times like against City when we don't see a lot of the ball and when we can break that is when we can hurt teams.

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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.

'Being in a different place, sometimes, can be better but only if you are aware of your problems.

"He never blamed Arsene Wenger for not improving enough or whatever".

"He always thought it by himself "I could have done more".

"He was not coming here and saying 'come on, make the best of me, use me in the best way".

"He was ready to work hard and there is a different style of football". That gives you the opportunity to do things you're not used to, and that's what helped him. It was only because of some things didn't work out that well, it was never bad. He is an outstanding talent with a lot of things to improve.

'And that's what we were hoping for when he came here to make the next step.

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