Saturday 21 September 2019

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits his move to Liverpool has not gone according to plan

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain preparing to take on Arsenal for the first time since he left the club in August
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain preparing to take on Arsenal for the first time since he left the club in August
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted his move to Liverpool has yet to reap the rewards he had been expecting, but he has vowed to fight to win a regular place in Jurgen Klopp's line-up.

Oxlade-Chamberlain secured £35m move from Arsenal to Liverpool on transfer deadline day back in August, but has started just one Premier League game for the Reds so far.

After arriving at Anfield declaring he wanted to establish himself as a central midfielder, the England star has told Sky Sports that he has taken time to adapt to Klopp's methods.

"It's been a change for me," started Oxlade-Chamberlain. "You want to come to a new club and hit the ground running straightaway and maybe I didn't do that as quickly as I would have liked.

"Obviously, competition for places is really high here, as I expected, but you're always eager to be playing straightaway and starting as many games as possible.

"That hasn't been the case as much, but I've learnt a lot and I feel like I've adapted well to the requirements of the manager, the coaches and the boys as well.

"But it's been a good integration into this team, and I'm happy with the way it's gone. It's just important now that I push on. I learned a big change in the style of play under a new manager.

"Jurgen is very demanding and he makes clear to us our roles and responsibilities, and the intensity that he wants out of us."

Oxlade-Chamberlain is pressing to play against his former club Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, even though competition for a place in Klopp's team has increased with the return of Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane from injury.

"It's always a special game for me, playing against Southampton," he added. "They always seem to do really well when I play against them, they always seem to be Barcelona on the day, but they're a great side with a great set-up.

"I haven't seen too much of what they're like under the new manager, but I'm sure they're going to be a tough side. We're all expecting a tough game, and we'll be right up for it."

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