Date: 12th March 2020 at 10:00am
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A number of Liverpool fans questioned the decision by Jurgen Klopp to withdraw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain towards the end of normal time in last night’s Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid.

The 26-year-old was the first Reds player to be substituted when he went off for James Milner in the 82nd minute with his team 1-0 up and heading for a 30-minute period of extra time that would eventually materialise and duly witness three Atletico goals which ended Liverpool’s reign as European champions. [via BBC]

Oxlade-Chamberlain had made his mark on the game prior to his withdrawal, providing the cross from which Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring as well as taking six shots (second most of any Reds player), playing two key passes, completing two dribbles and making three interceptions (as per WhoScored).

His performance was commended by reporters such as Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo, who wrote of an “excellent performance with joy early on down the right”, and Gideon Brooks of the Daily Express, who described him as a “powerful driving force through middle and right” in making a “massive contribution”.

Having watched their team’s Champions League campaign fall asunder after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s withdrawal, these Liverpool fans on Twitter lamented Klopp’s decision to take him off, with one Kopite feeling that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone must have been very relieved to see him being substituted:

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