Alex Oxlade

The problem with my life is that Ive said too much s**t in the past and no-one forgets it. Jurgen Klopps words ahead of his first European away game with Liverpool at Rubin Kazan exactly four years ago havent stemmed anyones appetite for pouncing on each and every word coming from the Germans mouth. Back then he was responding to a question about his infamous heavy metal football quote that, four years on, doesnt really apply to his team any more. These days Liverpool are, to pick up the words of Ast

on Villas John McGinn , more of a relentless tune that often hits the same notes again and again and again like a form of mental torture. You cant get away from it. A bit like that U2 album that appeared on every iPhone. Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed in recent weeks (Image: PA) Read MoreRelated ArticlesJordan Henderson

explains why he wants Liverpool to lose mentality monsters tag Is there2020第91期新版跑狗 a key change on the horizon though? After all the mentality monsters have started to look a little different in recent weeks, with the midfield control that so typified last seasons Champions League win and this seasons early weeks starting to be sacrificed for more urgency and a faster beat, albeit often not from the start of games. And the frontman for this change has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The midfielder is set to start against Genk (Image: Julian Ha

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rror) Read MoreRelated ArticlesBarcelona still suffering post-traumatic stress four months on from Liverpool defeat The Englishman has totalled 226 minutes on the pitch across his last four Liverpool appearances, during which time the Reds have scored nine goals. He managed three of them, while also helping to force the issue as his side have often been chasing games. He was excellent during his 32 minutes on the pitch at Aston Villa, never wasting a pass and firing in four shots, which is as many as hes ever attempted in a Liverpool shirt including in his 90 minute appearances. The former Arsenal man was excellent against Aston Villa (Image: PA) Read MoreRelated ArticlesJurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool stars ahead of heavyweight world title fight There was also the cracking strike in the madcap Carabao Cup game against Arsenal as well as the headline act in his Champion

s League brace at Genk. In Belgium he again barely wasted a pass,

while crucially winning the ball back four times in the opposition half as Liverpool drove forward. He will surely be in the starting XI again as Genk come to Anfield on Tuesday night, when a good performance could see him force his way into an unlikely start against Manchester City at the weekend. Oxlade-Chamberlain was successful with 88% of his passes in the game at Genk... (Image: Wyscout SPA) ... while he also won the ball back four times in the Genk half (Image: Wyscout SPA) Oxlade-Chamberlain has an excellent record against City, scoring in the 4-3 Premier League win and 3-0 Champions League success in 2017/18, while also setting the tone in the second leg of that European tie just as City threatened a comeback. His driving runs through the centre of the pitch have often exposed Guardiolas men, and while the weekends game might have come a little too soon for him to start, the weeks following the international break and in the lead up to Ch

ristmas offer him ample opportunities to play. If Klopps insistence that Liverpool would wait for Oxlade-Chamberlain like a wife waiting for her man to be released from prison after his devastating injury against Roma 19 months ago is now starting to come true, so too is the fact that his team often play differently now. Oxlade-Chamberlain has a fine record against Manchester City (Image: X01988) Read MoreMirror Footballs Top StoriesTransfer News LIVESolskjaer confirms S

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aw in full That has taken them to Champions League glory and quite remarkably consistent levels in the Premier League. But as they seek to put the hammer down in both competitions an increase in midfield urgency and creativity looks key. Oxlade-Chamberlain can provide both, and get his team playing to a remastered tune.

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