first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 May 2019 1:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link347Shares Advertisement Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spent six years at Arsenal under the management of Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)‘The lessons I learned at Arsenal helped me in so many ways, but it did mean I had to adapt when I left,’ he told the Telegraph.‘The emphasis was different there. More about trying to find a better option. That was Arsenal’s way and it had worked for them well.‘So, when I saw a run and heard a shout my instinct would be to play it. The boss [Klopp] hates that. He would say ‘I don’t watch you shooting all week [in training] to try to be Iniesta and thread a pass’.‘He would scream at me ‘SHOOOOOT!’ It goes in or it misses but in his head it is, ‘So what? Mo and Sadio are running in’.’ Comment Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his Liverpool comeback last weekend after a year out with a knee injury (Picture: Getty)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed Jurgen Klopp hated one aspect of his game after he joined Liverpool from Arsenal.The England international, who made an emotional return from injury after over a year out during last Friday’s 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield, moved from the Emirates to Anfield on transfer deadline day back in August 2017.Oxlade-Chamberlain took time to adapt to his new surroundings after six years in north London and had to wait until November to make his first Premier League start for the club who paid an initial £35million for his services, despite him being in the final year of his contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the 26-year-old admitted his reluctance to shoot after years of adhering to Arsene Wenger’s intricate, possession based style grated on Klopp.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Jurgen Klopp previews ‘tough’ Newcastle testTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:09FullscreenJurgen Klopp previews ‘tough’ Newcastle test is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals Jurgen Klopp hated one bad habit he picked up at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp In Group E, all the four teams bar the Central African Republic are back in the hunt again after their contrasting performance in Egypt with the worst being North African flagbearers Morocco who were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Benin.Morocco has since parted ways with the charismatic French coach Herve Renard and are now under a new vista with Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic whose varied experiences with Cote d’Ivoire, Japan and Algeria should come in handy for the beleaguered Atlas Lions.Under the 67-year-old Halihodzic, the Atlas Lions remains unbeaten after two international friendly matches at home against Burkina Faso (1-1) and Niger (1-0) and they will take on Mauritania in front of their fans on Friday in his first competitive game.Elsewhere, Burundi that made their AFCON debut in Egypt will be away to the Central African Republic at the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in the other Group E match.In the meantime, former champions and 2021 host Cameroon will begin a new lease of life under Portuguese coach Toni Conceicao after the Indomitable Lions parted ways with Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf following their Round of 16 exit in Egypt. The 57-year-old Conceicao has promised to rejig the Lions and he would surely be under intense scrutiny starting from Wednesday’s home game against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Yaounde.Similarly, it would be a new beginning for the Pharaohs of Egypt after Mohammed Salah and company crashed under the weight of expectations before a bemused home crowd as the hosts of the 2019 AFCON were bundled out in the Round of 16 by South Africa.The poor performance by the Pharaohs on home soil led to the sacking of Mexican coach Javier Aguirre and he has since being replaced by Al Ahly’s legendary player and coach Hossam El Badry; who opens his Pharaoh’s account in a competitive match against Kenya on Thursday in Alexandria.In Group H,  it will be the battle of the gladiators when African champions Algeria host 2012 champions Zambia in a match that should have the trappings of a cup final based on their past pedigrees. Both teams have clashed 14 times in the past with Les Fennecs claiming seven wins and three draws but the Chipolopolo would be buoyed by the positive outcome during their last visit to the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui when they went home with a 1-0 win in the last qualifying match for Russia 2018.FILE PHOTO: Sadio ManeAway in Group I, there would also be plenty to play for when 2019 AFCON runner-up Senegal hosts Congo in Thies and Guinea Bissau entertains Eswatini at the Estadio 24 de Septembro in Bissau. Ditto titanic battle is expected in Group J in the all-North African derby between Tunisia and Libya at the Stade Olympique in Rades for obvious reasons.In Group K,  former African champions, Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire will on Friday entertain Niger  as they continue rebuilding process under coach Ibrahim Kamara that stirred them to a quarter final finish in Egypt.Meanwhile, the Cinderella team of Egypt 2019, Madagascar that surpassed expectations by beating the likes of Nigeria and DR Congo en route to their quarter-final finish will be at home to Ethiopia in the other Group K match.Last but not the least important are the two ties in Group L as Nigeria host neighbours Benin Republic at their Uyo International Stadium on Wednesday while Sierra Leone seek for the three home points at National Stadium in Sierra Leone. Emmanuel Okwi to lead Uganda Cranes attack. PHOTO FUFA MEDIA AFCON 2021 qualifying TODAY 10pm – Burkina Faso vs Uganda Cranes Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | THE INDEPENDENT & CAF-ONLINE |  New Uganda Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry faces Burkina Faso in a tricky opening match of the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.Action starts this week in the Group Phase with 48 matches to be played this week. This stage offers a mouth-watering prospect for the big guns the chance to assert their influence after not too impressive scorecard at the last AFCON in Egypt.In Group A, upstarts Chad will hope to continue with their fairy-tale run when they visit the Brave Warriors of Namibia in Windhoek. The Brave Warriors were one of the only three teams along with Burundi and Tanzania that failed to win or draw any of their three matches at the AFCON in Egypt and it would be interesting to see how well they have cured themselves of that malady.Yet it would be royale West African battle in the other Group A fixture between Mali and Guinea in Bamako since both sides failed to last the distance in Egypt where they were shown the exit in the Round of 16. It will surely going to be a new beginning for Guinea under new French coach Didier Six, who replaced Paul Put while Les Aigles of Mali continue their chase for glory under Mohamed Magassouba who supervised their last AFCON campaign in Egypt.Cranes coaches Mubiru (left), McKinstry and acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha plus the entire team flew chartered into Ouagadougou early today. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAGroup B’s match should be a close one, based on the pedigree of the two combatants Burkina Faso who  entertain Uganda in Ouagadougou. It would indeed be a fresh beginning for Cranes of Uganda after their Round of 16 ouster in Egypt following the appointment of Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry as replacement for French tactician Sebastien Desabre.New Uganda Cranes coach McKinstry can aleady count himself a very lucky man.His team flew chartered on the new Uganda Airlines early today to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as 2021 Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifying starts. It hopefully marks the end of travel woes that have previously undermined the Uganda Cranes efforts to make a mark on the continent.Uganda plays Burkina Faso tomorrow, and four days later hosts Malawi. Previously, a trip to West Africa would have meant leaving Uganda three days earlier, flying through Europe or Middle East, before getting to Burkina Faso a day before the game. It would also have meant leaving Burkina Faso soon after the game, are reaching Entebbe a night before the Malawi game.Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) currently led by acting President Justus Mugisha, have taken full advantage of the return of Uganda Airlines and chartered a flight to West Africa. The left early today, and will be back in Uganda hours after the final whistle on Wednesday night.In Group C in Cape Coast, the Black Stars of Ghana take on Bafana Bafana of South Africa as both teams shake off recent lethargy performances.This encounter would be 13th between the two countries but Thursday’s encounter in Cape Coast will be the first competitive match for South Africa’s new handler Molefi Ntseki who last month started his coaching tenure with Bafana Bafana on a winning note with a hard-fought 2-1 defeat of Mali 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge title in Port Elizabeth.But how well Bafana Bafana would fare under the deluge of Ghanaian supporters in Cape Coast yet remains to be seen as the Ghana Football Association (GFA) under a new helmsman (Kurt Okraku) hinted about the launch of a ‘passion-igniting campaign’ tagged ‘#Bring Back The Love’ to coincide with Black Stars’ AFCON opener.In Group D, Angola will face off against Gambia but with more attention likely to be focussed on the other tie between DR Congo and Gabon at Stade de Martyrs in Kinshasa on Thursday.The visitors are now coach by Frenchman Patrice Neveu, a former coach of the Congolese, who took over from former Gabonese forward Daniel Cousin after Les Pantheres failed to qualify for the last AFCON in Egypt.last_img read more