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The midfielder has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth in the Reds' XI since moving from Arsenal last summer, but it appears he's won over Jurgen Klopp's trust and looked at his bustling best at the Vitality Stadium.
Chamberlain put in an eye-catching performance but the Man of the Match was undoubtedly Philippe Coutinho, who managed to conjure up perhaps his best-ever goal in a Liverpool shirt in the first-half.
The match ended 4-0 to the visitors, and when Coutinho was asked by a Sky Sports reporter after the full-time whistle about his future, The Ox decided to step in and defend his new teammate:
Watch Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leap to Philippe Coutinho's defence when asked about rumours of a transfer to FC Barcelona! :clap: pic.twitter.com/1OSKpoSGVA- Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) December 18, 2017
In fairness, whilst we'd have loved to hear Coutinho's answer, fair play to Chamberlain for sticking up for his mate, eh? What did you think of the pairs' performances?
Here's what social media said about the incident:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues his impressive display through to the post-match TV interview. He interjects as Phil Coutinho is asked about his future and supports his team-mate, highlighting the Brazilian's professionalism and labelling the question unfair.- Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) December 17, 2017
Oxlade-Chamberlain interceding on Coutinho's behalf after question to the Brazilian on his future :clap::thumbsup: "Not fair to ask those questions-he's been the most professional player"- This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) December 17, 2017
Very classy from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to help Philippe Coutinho out with a tricky question from the journalist. :clap:- Lee Clarke (@Clarkey_No1) December 17, 2017
Oi @skyfootball, everyone knows Coutinho wants to join Barcelona. No need to put him on the spot like that. Credit to Oxlade-Chamberlain for blocking you off.- Olé (@Ole_LFC) December 17, 2017
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain helped Coutinho out massively in that interview :clap:- Dan (@BobbyFirmino9) December 17, 2017
Fair play, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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