Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool fear no one in Champions League
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 11/04/18 11:20pm
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool are capable of beating any of the teams left in the Champions League.
Confidence could not be higher after Jurgen Klopp's side beat Manchester City twice in a week to win their quarter-final tie 5-1 on aggregate.
Liverpool could now get defending European champions Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Roma in Friday's semi-final draw, but Oxlade-Chamberlain insists they fear no one.
"This is a massive confidence booster for us. To beat City twice is no easy feat," he said. "We did it twice in a week and we also did it at an earlier stage this season.
"It just shows to us that when we are at the right level we can beat anyone in this league. Now it is on us - whoever we get in the next round - to go and prove we can beat people in Europe as well.
"People might say Roma (is the preference) but look what they did, they performed amazingly well.
"It doesn't matter who we get, we have to make sure we are ready for anyone and we can beat anyone."
On a personal level, the England international is excited by the tantalising prospect of a major European final being within touching distance.
"It is everything you dream of when you are a young lad," he added.
"You want to play in finals and they don't come much bigger than the Champions League final so we've made my dream that one step closer by getting into the semi-finals.
"That is what we want to do as professional athletes: get to as many finals and then when you get there you want to win."
Oxlade-Chamberlain paid tribute to Klopp for the way he handled the team when trailing 1-0, having been under pressure for 45 minutes.
"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.
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