To use a Kloppism, Liverpool are in a good way. The Reds will not have to rely on a nervy last-day victory to ensure a return to Champions League football, as they did last year, likely finishing third in the process. Moreover, Liverpool have a massive Champions League semifinal to look forward to.
When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed on the last day of the transfer window in August, his capture was met with mostly a collective shrug from Liverpool fans. However, as the season has progressed, OxFamChamBlud has become an integral midfield dynamo, quietly adding a goal and assist threat to the lauded front three.
After years of being shuffled around and unappreciated, Oxlade-Chamberlain is getting a chance to prove himself under the tutelage of Jürgen Klopp, and is having his best season yet because of it.
“I love it. It’s not hard to go and enjoy it when you go out there and you hear the fans singing,” he said in an interview with the club’s official website after the 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
”Again today was amazing. It’s not hard to enjoy your football here, really. It helps when your form’s going well and when the results are going for us like they are at the moment.
”We’re in a good spell at the moment, it’s really enjoyable, but we need to keep focused and I need to keep focused to keep performing at this level and improve to help the team move forward.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s on-pitch productivity is even more impressive considering the slow start to his Liverpool career. Regardless, he has stepped in the crucial second half of the season with some big, big performances in the middle of the park, none more so than the Champions League quarterfinal matches against Manchester City.
If Liverpool have bigger and better things in store for the end of the season, there is no doubt that Ox will play a major role going forward.