Jurgen Klopp has said both Liverpool and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could have done better despite winning 4-1 against Genk in the Champions League.
Chamberlain, who was sidelined for much of last season with a serious knee injury, scored his first two goals of the season, to give the Reds’ their first three points on the road in the competition since October 2017.
His second effort was a stunning strike with the outside of his boot that went in off the bar, with further efforts from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sealing the win in Belgium for the European Cup holders.
But despite their impressive performance, Klopp was reserved with his praise.
“It was absolutely a great moment for him,” Klopp began, “but I would say with Ox his performance was exactly the same as the performance of the team – the goals were great but all the rest could have been better.
“That’s how it is, but it’s no problem. The [second] goal was sensational and very important for us. Wonderful.
“On Sunday, Adam [Lallana] scored the goal, and now Ox has scored two goals. It’s really nice. Absolutely great, a great story.”
The win is Liverpool‘s second in this season’s Champions League and they are second in Group E on six points, one behind leaders Napoli who beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-2.
“We had good moments, a lot of good moments, and made a very good start,” Klopp added.
“Then had another 10 or 15 minutes absolutely okay, exactly as we had to do it.
“The plan worked okay then not any more because we lost completely unexpected balls we were not ready for, which in the formation was not possible.
“Sometimes we took in the wrong moments a risk, passing a one-two in a very tight situation makes not too much sense.
“We had to defend their balls with legs and had to run for it. They got a bit of momentum which after our start was completely unnecessary but that’s what happened.
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“It was a pretty stiff first half. Then we scored the second goal, by the way the first goal was very brilliant and the second goal even nicer, and all our goals were unbelievably beautiful.
“After the second it was a proper knock for Genk it looked like and we scored the third and fourth.
“We conceded one which wasn’t cool but it’s not the biggest problem in the world. We won the game, job done. That’s it.”