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Steve McManaman reacts to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's display in Liverpool tie

Steve McManaman has told BT Sport (broadcast on 11/3; 21:38) that he thought Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was excellent during Liverpool’s Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

It appeared that the Premier League leaders had a fairly daunting task on their hands after the first-leg. Atletico had produced a defensive masterclass at home to take a 1-0 lead into the reverse fixture.

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But the Reds got themselves level in the tie inside 43 minutes. Gini Wijnaldum produced a brilliant header just before the break to quash the La Liga side’s advantage.

It was Oxlade-Chamberlain who provided the assist with a superb cross into the box. And it was another outstanding display from the Englishman.

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And when the midfielder was taken off with nine minutes of normal time remaining, McManaman agreed with his co-commentator that his substitution was not down to his performance in the slightest, but rather due to his amazing work-rate.

“I think that will be it because I thought he’s been excellent tonight,” he told BT Sport. “He’s definitely been one of Liverpool’s star players whether it’s him or Trent Alexander-Arnold on this right-hand side of the pitch. Great energy from him.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain really has been a revelation for Liverpool this season. It is a remarkable comeback given the problems he has had to deal with during his time at Anfield.

Some may have doubted whether he would ever realise his potential after he missed the large majority of last season.

But he has returned and established himself as a hugely important player in a Liverpool side that has enjoyed so much success.

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