Having taken a 3-0 lead in the home leg Vs Manchester City, Liverpool travelled to the Etihad on Tuesday evening with the tie almost dead and buried.
However, in what was a crazy week of champions league football, Liverpool looked to be in very murky waters in the opening 45 minutes of the second leg. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring after just two minutes and Leroy Sane had a goal controversially ruled out just before halftime that would have left City just one goal from pulling level.
However, Liverpool were a different side in the second half and, speaking to Football365, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explained how Jurgen Klopp’s halftime speech gave his team the “fire” to kick on.
“He is a great manager and he has proved that over the years,” he said.
“Just as much as tactically he had a good plan, he also has the fire in him to get you all motivated and that is what he did at half-time.
“He calmed us all down and then gave us a little bit of a rocket and just said ‘no matter what we do now – if we go through, if we go out – we are going to do it our way’ and I think we did that much better in the second half.”
City manager Pep Guardiola spent the entirety of the second half watching from the stands having been sent off after heavily protesting against the referee’s decision to disallow Sane’s goal.
Speaking about the former Barcelona manager’s removal, Oxlade-Chamberlain said he couldn’t be sure if his absence affected the City players or not, but that he always wanted Klopp ‘on the touchline’.
“Obviously you always want your manager on the touchline. He is the man you look to at times when we need information (even if) it is hard to shut him off as he shouts loud.
“From what I’ve seen how Pep manages City he is very vocal as well on the sidelines so that is obviously important – but whether or not that affected them I’m not too sure.
“I wasn’t really aware Pep wasn’t on the touchline until someone said they saw it on the TV afterwards!”