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Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends class message to Arsenal fans and explains muted celebration

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain refused to celebrate his goal against Arsenal during Liverpool’s Carabao Cup victory (Picture: Twitter)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted he found it difficult not to celebrate his stunning goal against Arsenal during last night’s epic Carabao Cup victory.

A young Liverpool side trailed 3-1 and 4-2 but produced a stunning response to level the match at 5-5 in the 95th minute, before prevailing 5-4 in a penalty shootout in front of the Kop.

Oxlade-Chamberlain took another major step on the road to making a full recovery after a year out with a serious knee injury, completing 81 minutes before he was replaced by Pedro Chirivella.

The England international, who scored two spectacular goals against Genk in the Champions League last week, added another belter to his collection with a thumping 25-yard volley last night.

And, despite being booed by a section of the away support throughout, the 26-year-old refused to taunt his former fans.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Really proud of the team tonight, especially the young boys and how we all kept going right until the end! Anfield atmosphere unbelievable as always!

‘Hard not celebrate that one, but all respects to my former club.’

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Meanwhile, despite another morale boosting victory which extended Liverpool’s incredible unbeaten record at Anfield, Klopp, wary of fixture congestion with his side set to feature in FIFA’s Club World Cup in December, threatened to pull out of the Carabao Cup if an appropriate date is not found for the upcoming quarter-final.

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‘If you have a fixture list where one team cannot be part of all the games, then you have to think about the fixture list. Hopefully it starts now. I really think that’s fair, and this problem is obvious now,’ said Klopp.

‘We will not be the victim of this problem. We play tonight, we wanted to win it, we did that, and if they don’t find a proper date for us, then we cannot play the next round and whoever is our opponent will go through. Or Arsenal play them.

‘We are going to ignore that problem completely for tonight. A lot of people from the Premier League were sitting in front of the television hoping that Arsenal can do it. But, I’m sorry!’

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