Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that his reluctance to shoot was a habit that Jurgen Klopp detested following his move from Arsenal in 2017.
The 25-year-old recently returned to action after over a year out during the Reds’ 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town, with the midfielder almost marking his return with a goal in front of the Kop.
Oxlade-Chamberlain received a terrific reaction from the home fans when he came on against the Terriers, after taking his time to settle on Merseyside following his £35m move from the Gunners in 2017.
Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “The lessons I learned at Arsenal helped me in so many ways, but it did mean I had to adapt when I left.
“The emphasis was different there. More about trying to find a better option. That was Arsenal’s way and it had worked for them well. So, when I saw a run and heard a shout my instinct would be to play it.
“The boss [Klopp] hates that. He would say ‘I don’t watch you shooting all week [in training] to try to be Iniesta and thread a pass’. He would scream at me ‘SHOOOOOT!’ It goes in or it misses but in his head it is, ‘So what? Mo and Sadio are running in’.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to fitness could be a timely boost for Liverpool, as they look to finish their season on a high. They remain in contention for the Premier League title with just two games remaining, but have their work cut out in the Champions League after losing the first-leg of their semi-final to Barcelona 3-0.