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Starting point: 3 reasons The Ox needs to build on his first good Liverpool game

The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were pleased to see their side take one step closer to qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League following a 3-0 victory over NK Maribor last night.

In the reverse fixture in Slovenia 2 weeks ago, the Maribor floodgates were pried open very early into the match and they found themselves 3 nil down after just 20 minutes. However, Maribor arrived to Anfield in much sterner defensive form last night. The Slovenian outfit were able to withstand heavy Liverpool pressure and keep a clean sheet in the first-half, but their resistance was eventually broken in the 48th minute by Mohammed Salah who looks to be Liverpool’s stand out summer-signing so far this season. Goals from Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge completed a routine victory for the Merseyside club, who know that sterner tests are to follow in their remaining matches.

Thus far, the performances of Salah have largely overshadowed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s failure to make an impact on the Liverpool team since his big-money move from Arsenal in the summer.

Although he is still finding his feet at the club, his lack of game time will concern Chamberlain with a place on the plane to Russia next summer firmly on his mind.

Chamberlain will be pleased with his much-improved performance last night, albeit, against the relatively low-calibre opposition.

Still, the signs are encouraging for Chamberlain who played 90 minutes of football for the first time since his infamous Caraboa Cup outing against Leicester in September.

It is imperative now that the Liverpool winger takes confidence from his performance last night and builds a consistent run of form for the remainder of the season.

Here are three reasons why he needs to do just that.

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