Liverpool’s £35 million summer signing Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain has spoken of his desire to nail down a regular first-team spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI during an interview with LFCTV.
“It’s never easy coming into a new team with as much quality as we’ve got here. It takes time to settle in and learn a new formation and style of play,”
“I’ve had to be patient. I’d have liked to have played as much as I can, that’s natural.”
“The only thing I can do when I get the chance is try to impress and help the team to win, with goals and creating chances.”
“I’m going to keep trying to do that and keep pushing for starting places, just as everyone else will. That’s the best thing.”
The 24-year-old made his first Premier League start for The Reds last weekend is his team’s impressive 4-1 victory against West Ham United at the London Stadium and capped off an encouraging display by netting the decisive third goal.
Jurgen Klopp’s decision to spend such a large sum of money on a player who does not really have a defined position and only had a year left to run on his Arsenal contract has caused much debate.
Although the German coach said recently that Oxlade-Chamberlain has been training as a wide-forward he played in midfield against the Hammers and this is thought to be the player’s favoured role.
Klopp has also spoken repeatedly of how impressed he has been with the talented 24-year-old’s attitude since he moved to Anfield, so if The Ox is prepared to stay patient and continues to work hard in training he definitely has enough talent to have a successful Liverpool career, though in what position he plays still remains to be seen.
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