The midfielder said Liverpool’s full-throttle approach allied to the best atmosphere he has ever witnessed contributed to City’s capitulation as they slumped to 3-0 down inside 22 first-half minutes.
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane wrapped up a dominant win for Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead of the return leg on Tuesday night.
City’s coach was pelted with bottles before the encounter, as Reds fans greeted the champions-elect with a wall of noise and red smoke.
“It was an awesome atmosphere, the best I’ve ever played in”, said Oxlade-Chamberlain, who struck a superb second goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 victory.
“You have to give fans credit because it is never nice coming to Anfield and hearing that crowd – I’ve been on the other end of it and it is not easy”, he said.
“The fans play a massive part”.
“It was extraordinary, I’ve never played in anything like that and an atmosphere like that was incredible”.
And Klopp was confident that there is yet more to come from Oxlade-Chamberlain, still only 24, as his game awareness continues to grow.
“We cannot make him quicker, and we don’t have to, we cannot really work on his technical ability because he is on the highest level already and is now using them in the right moment, the right spaces, in the right situations, making the best decisions you can make”. If you are the away team and the crowd gets going like that it is awful.
“This team is that good they can put goals past you”. That gives you the opportunity to do things you’re not used to, and that’s what helped him.
Craig Bellamy thinks there could be a backlash from Manchester City following their 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping his good form at Liverpool will be enough to book a ticket on the plane to Russian Federation this summer as part of England’s World Cup squad.
“It’s starting to pay off and that’s what I’ve wanted to do from midfield“. I could have been better on the ball so I was a bit disappointed with that and there are areas I need to improve on and can improve on. “I remember when Chelsea won it they had a lot of games where they didn’t dominate possession”.
“We definitely have qualities that are suited to this competition”, he said. The three boys up front this season have stood out in how clinical they have been. “You’ve seen teams go far in this competition doing that”.