Klopp refuses to blame Wenger for lack of Ox development

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The Ox says that this was the best atmosphere he's ever played in.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined Liverpool from Arsenal in August, believes the result came about as a result of both he and his team-mates on-field efforts and the supporter's off-field antics.

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 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.

Oxlade-Chamberlain spent six years with Arsenal, where he was never a guaranteed starter and the first few months of the England international's time at Anfield proved a struggle, as well.

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.

Wenger certainly can not be criticised for a lack of patience with his protege, having sat through his fair share of tortuous performances while supporting Oxlade-Chamberlain in the face of burgeoning criticism.

It was never because of Arsenal or Arsene.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was accused of not reaching the next level while at Arsenal, but Klopp insists the midfielder does not blame Wenger for that and only needed a change in environment.

"Being in a different place can make things better".

"He always thought it by himself "I could have done more". "I've been working on that, on trying to do it more often". It definitely shows why I wanted to come here.

"We can't make him quicker - we don't have to".

"It was never bad".

'He's an outstanding talent still, still a lot of things to improve, no problem with that'. "The further you go the better the teams you play against and you don't get many opportunities so you have to be clinical".

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