Liverpool In High Spirit For EPL Victory, Says Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and Liverpool’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain attend a training session at Melwood in Liverpool, north west England on November 26, 2019, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group E football match against Napoli.
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Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the Premier League leaders are going into every game believing they can win after racking up 13 victories in 14 games.

Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side have dropped just two points this season and established an eight-point advantage over second-placed Leicester.

But even the pressure of maintaining their winning run, which appears to grow with every game for a club searching for their first league title since 1990, has not affected the mentality within the club, according to Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“I’m going into it (a game) with the mindset that we’re going to win. I think that’s how we all feel,” the England international told the PA news agency.

“We’re going into the games expecting ourselves to win and anything else we’re disappointed with.”

He added: “I think that’s the mentality you need to be successful, to have those high standards that nothing else is acceptable. Then you’ve got to let history take its course.”

Liverpool are firm favourites to end their title drought but midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain said they needed to remain mentally strong.

“You’ve got to just keep going out and churning out results,” he said. “There might be a time where results don’t go so well and people maybe close the gap a little bit.

“We’ve got to be also ready for those moments mentally as a team to just keep going and see what happens.”

Liverpool’s next match is the Merseyside derby at home to struggling Everton on Wednesday, with the Reds unbeaten against their local rivals at Anfield since 1999.

But Klopp’s side have not kept a clean sheet at home all season and are without suspended first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

“I don’t think we’re leaking loads of goals but probably just a few little silly mistakes here and there all over the pitch,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“But even when we have been conceding, we’re still finding a way to come up with the goods and most of the time at the minute it’s been winning the game.”

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Oxlade-Chamberlain On Target Twice As Liverpool Ease Past Genk

Liverpool’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between (KRC) Genk and Liverpool on October 23, 2019 at the Luminus Arena in Genk. François WALSCHAERTS / AFP

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the most of a rare start by scoring twice while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also netted as holders Liverpool eased to a 4-1 win over Genk in their Champions League clash in Belgium on Wednesday.

The England international, who missed almost all of last season due to injury, opened the scoring in the second minute at the Luminus Arena and scored the visitors’ second — a sumptuous finish also from outside the box — just before the hour mark.

Mane and Salah then set up each other for late goals to wrap up the victory before substitute Stephen Odey pulled one back for Genk.

This was Liverpool’s second consecutive victory in Group E since they began their defence of the trophy with a 2-0 loss at Napoli last month. They remain a point behind group leaders Napoli, who won 3-2 at Salzburg on Wednesday.

Perhaps most importantly, this was an overdue away win in the group stage of the competition for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had won just once in seven away group matches before this trip.

They went all the way last season despite losing all three away group games.

Klopp used this game to give starts to several players who have been on the fringes of his squad recently, with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dejan Lovren coming into a team deprived of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip in defence.

Naby Keita made his first start since a League Cup win at lower-league side MK Dons a month ago, and Salah also returned after missing the weekend draw at Manchester United because of an ankle injury.

However, it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who got the visitors off to the perfect start with a goal from their first attempt, his right-foot strike from 25 yards finding the bottom-left corner with the aid of a slight deflection.

It was difficult not to fear for Genk after that, but the Belgian champions were defending a decent record at home in the Champions League group stage.

They had drawn their last five home matches taking in appearances in 2011-12 and back in 2002-03.

Among the teams unable to win here in that time were Real Madrid, Valencia and Chelsea, while Napoli were held 0-0 here recently.

 Genk denied equaliser 

Genk were encouraged by an extremely high Liverpool defensive line which almost allowed their skipper Mbwana Ally Samatta to grab a quick-fire equaliser.

The Tanzanian ran from halfway all the way to the penalty area only to fire wide of Alisson Becker’s far post. His strike partner, Paul Onuachu, and Japanese international Junya Ito both squandered decent chances soon after.

Genk were also unlucky though — they thought they had drawn level before the half-hour when Samatta rose above James Milner to head in an Ito cross.

However, the Slovenian referee disallowed the goal and a VAR review confirmed Ito was marginally offside in the build-up.

Still, Liverpool looked like scoring almost every time they attacked, with an outrageous Roberto Firmino touch setting up Mane for a shot that was saved by Gaetan Coucke.

Firmino was the provider of the second goal in the 57th minute as he laid the ball back for Oxlade-Chamberlain to send a first-time effort on the outside of his right boot off the underside of the bar and in from 20 yards.

That was Liverpool’s 200th Champions League goal, but it was not their last of the night, as Salah slipped in Mane for a dinked finish to make it 3-0 in the 77th minute.

Mane then returned the favour by supplying Salah with his back to goal just inside the box three minutes from time. The Egyptian turned away superbly from Carlos Cuesta and slotted in.

Another Liverpool win when these teams meet again at Anfield next month will leave Klopp’s men on the brink of the last 16.

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Liverpool Star Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘Likely To Miss Whole Season’

FILE PHOTO: Liverpool’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacts after picking up an injury during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England. PHOTO: Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the whole of the forthcoming season.

The Premier League club said on Wednesday that they were already aware of the grim scenario.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, suffered multiple knee ligament damage during the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April and underwent successful surgery eight days later.

“The estimated length of his lay-off was not revealed at the time at the request of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who did not want the news to distract from the Reds’ ongoing Champions League run and the excitement surrounding it,” said a Liverpool statement.

Manager Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com that he was aware that the former Arsenal star would likely be unavailable for the 2018/2019 season.

!It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab,” said Klopp.

“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.

“It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.

“His recovery has started superbly well. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool last summer from Arsenal in a £35million deal but the injury ruled him out of the Champions League final against Real Madrid and the World Cup with England.

“It is so important — because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons — that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed. Ox is completely on board with this approach.

“He is such an outstandingly good person and someone who even when not playing is integral to the heartbeat of (training centre) Melwood.

“I cannot wait to have him back with us for matches, but we will wait for him and we will show the patience that is required to make sure he comes back ready to continue where he left off: as one of the most outstanding performers in European football in that moment.”

Klopp has already boosted Liverpool’s midfield ahead of the new season by signing Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

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England’s Oxlade-Chamberlain To Miss World Cup 

Liverpool’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacts after picking up an injury during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on April 24, 2018. PHOTO: Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup after he suffered a knee ligament injury in Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final clash with Roma, the club said on Wednesday.

“The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England,” the club said in a statement on their website.

The 24-year-old was forced to come off midway through the first half of Liverpool’s 5-2 victory in Tuesday’s semi-final first leg after picking up the injury during an attempted challenge.

He was assessed by the club’s medical team at their Melwood training ground on Wednesday morning and the club have given no specific timescale for a return.

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Arsenal FA Cup Win Means ‘Better Season’ – Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is staying positive on the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

He believes a win in the FA Cup final on Saturday would mean his side have achieved a ‘better season’.

He said “It makes it a better season for sure.

You know, the season has been an odd one and I think if you look at the table now, I think we finished on 75 points, in other years that might have left us in different situations but times change and you’ve got to move forward with the other top teams and we’ve failed to do that in the league ultimately this year so that’s why we missed out on top four.

But, you know, we’ve given ourselves an opportunity to win a trophy and when you’re in football winning trophies is what it’s all about. It will obviously be a bonus to the season to finish on a more positive note. There will obviously always be that thing where we wanted to finish higher up the league and there’s no doubting that and we can’t hide from that and we need to own up to that but it’s a big trophy and it’s one that we want to win and it will definitely, definitely boost morale going into next season.”

“The change of formation I think came at a good time because it gave us all a new challenge because it came at a time when we were struggling and we were conceding goals. So, I think, at that point it shored us up a bit more putting three at the back and it gave teams a different challenge because I think over the years we’ve always played in a certain formation and a certain way and I think teams, they obviously get better at learning how to deal with us, so when we changed the formation I think that gave

“Obviously, first and foremost, he’s been a massive influence on my career. He took me from League One into a massive club in the Premier League and Champions League and that changed my career and my future ultimately. So, in that sense, he’s been a massive influence for me in helping me through my years at Arsenal, just as has many players in this squad and players before this squad. So we all respect our manager massively and we all want to give him the win as much as we want to give our fans the win.”

The north London side have had a mixed year with a successful run to the FA Cup final but also failure to reach the top four in the Premier League and two 5-1 losses to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The team’s form has seen rumours swirl around the future of manager Arsene Wenger, who is on course to win a third FA Cup in four years if his side can overcome Antonio Conte’s champions, Chelsea.

The 23-year-old is expected to feature in the final while a decision on Wenger’s future at the club will also be made at a board meeting following the game.

Arsenal Keen To Keep Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wenger Says

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsene Wenger, ArsenalArsene Wenger has expressed readiness to retain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite rumours that the winger could be set to leave Arsenal.

Wenger insisted on Monday that Oxlade-Chamberlain would not be departing Emirates anytime soon, noting that he was part of his long-term plans.

“I want Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at the club. I bought him at a very young age (and) I think he’s developing well.

“This season he’s making steps, moving forward. When you’ve invested so much time and work in a player, and the player loves it here and is integrated in the qualities we want him to have, overall, I want him to stay,” Wenger said.

Arsenal are said not to have started discussions over a new contract with Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has 18 months to run on his current deal.

They are also locked in negotiations to extend contracts for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who have similar terms remaining on their existing deals.

Guardiola Says Manchester City Win Against Barcelona Is Vital

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has described Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Barcelona as momentous, considering he has only been working at the club for four months.

Guardiola, who believes it is just a beginning for City, however, says it shows his team is on the right track.

It was a dream come true for the coach as two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne’s fine free-kick handed the hosts a famous win.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as the match ended 3-1 on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.

This means Manchester City have one foot in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

Ozil Again Secures Arsenal’s Victory Against Razgrad

Arsenal, Ludogorets Razgrad, Mesut Ozil, Manchester United, BarcelonaArsenal have yet again beaten Ludogorets Razgrad 3-2 in a UEFA Champions League return match on Tuesday night.

Although the Gunners had a poor beginning, they later displayed a brilliant performance at the Ludogorets Arena in Bulgaria.

Goals from Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru had set Razgrad on the spot before Granit Xhaka gave the English visitors a reason not to lose their winning hope.

Olivier Giroud also made good use of Aaron Ramsey’s assist to level the score for Arsenal in the 42nd minute.

After a strong battle for the winner, Mohamed Elneny made a superb pass which led to Mesut Ozil’s 88th minute goal.

In an earlier visit to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal humbled the Bulgarian side 6 – 0.

Ozil netted a hat-trick while Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal apiece.

Dream Come True

Meanwhile, it was a dream come true for Coach Pep Guardiola as Manchester United thrashed Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola: Champions League: Guardiola Wants New Mindset Against Barcelona
Pep Guardiola

Football legend, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as Ilkay Guendogan equalised for City.

The first half subsequently ended 1-1.

Kevin de Bruyne netted a brilliant goal few minutes after the second half began before Guendogan scored his second goal.

Arsenal Crush Sunderland 4-1 In League Match

Sunderland, ArsenalArsenal defeated Sunderland 4-1 in an English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s side displayed another brilliant performance on the road with fit-again Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez staring.

Alexis Sanchez set the pace for goal scoring as he utilised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s assist in the 19th minute.

The Gunners maintained the lead till the end of the first half and some minutes after the second half before Jermain Defoe levelled the scores for David Moyes’ side from the penalty spot.

Oliver Giroud subsequently set Arsenal on the lead once more and later added another within six minutes.

In a space of two minutes, Sanchez netted his second goal to secure the victory for the North Londoners.

Arsenal went on top of league table but returned to second place after Manchester City delivered a similar result, by ruthlessly trashing West Brom 4-0 away.

The trio of Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool have with 23 points from 10 matches but City are ahead on superior goal difference with Liverpool in third place.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are last on the table with two points from 10 games.

David Moyes Charged With Misconduct In Southampton Clash

David Moyes, Southampton Sunderland manager, David Moyes, has been charged with misconduct after being sent off at Southampton on Wednesday.

The Football Association said it is alleged “Moyes used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official”.

He has been given until 18:00 BST on Tuesday to respond to the allegation.

The incident took place when Referee Chris Kavanagh waved away appeals for a foul on Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe in the penalty area.

Sunderland lost 1-0 to their hosts as they crashed out of the EFL Cup.

Manchester United also edged past Manchester City with a 1-0 victory while West Ham United beat Chelsea 2 – 1 on Wednesday night.

Arsenal and Liverpool had earlier through to the fifth round as they defeated Reading and Tottenham respectively on Tuesday night.

Ferguson Says Liverpool Are Strong League Title Contenders

Liverpool, Alex FergusonFormer Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, says Liverpool are serious Premier League title contenders this season.

Ferguson said Jurgen Klopp had “revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm” since taking over as manager in October 2015.

“For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.

“You can now sense you truly have to count them in this year,” he told German magazine Kicker.

Liverpool are third in on the league table, sharing points with leaders Manchester City.

In their nine league matches in the present season, they have played four of the current top seven – Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and defending champions, Leicester City.

The Reds have also made it through to the fifth round of the EFL and will face Leeds United in the quarterfinal.

Arsenal, Liverpool Through To Last Eight Of EFL Cup

EFL cup, Arsenal, LiverpoolAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored two goals as Arsenal booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 win over Reading.

The Championship side went into the match looking for their first ever win over the Gunners, but it was an easy win for Arsenal in the end, thanks to a double by the Ox, who seemed to be overcoming his difficult start to the season.

The brace takes his tally to five for the season – which is his best return in a season for the Gunners.

Except for Elneny and Iwobi who kept their places, Arsenal fielded a new team, including Lucas Perez, who came off the bench against Boro at the weekend.

Olivier Giroud made his return to the first-team fold as a second half substitute.

Arsenal have not won the League Cup since 1993.

Liverpool are also through to the fifth round courtesy of a brace from another England striker, Daniel Sturridge as they defeated Tottenham 2-1.

The striker opened the scoring early at Anfield after exploiting a Spurs mistake. He doubled the lead in the 60th minute

Liverpool were forced to endure a nervy end to the evening, however, as Vincent Janssen pulled one back for Tottenham with his penalty after Lucas Leiva fouled Erik Lamela in the area.