Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he has had to adapt to life at Liverpool and says boss Jurgen Klopp is “very demanding”.
Ther 24-year-old arrived from Arsenal in the summer for £35million and it has not all been plain sailing for the winger at Anfield.
His first Premier League start only came before the international break when he scored in Liverpool’s 4-1 win at West Ham, but he’s ready to push on now – starting against Southampton today.
“It’s been a change for me,” he exclusively told Sky Sports. “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.
“Arsene [Wenger] is a great manager and he’s proved that for many years. His philosophy and style of play is based on the ‘Arsenal way’ of playing, with his passing game, which is brilliant and works very well for him.
“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 was left out of the recent England squad that drew with Germany and Brazil, but he has not given up on getting back into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup.
“My focus is mainly getting my head down here at Liverpool, and producing the performances here to deserve England call-ups,” he added. “I understand that we’re all under that pressure all the time so that’s what I’m focused on, just staying in the fold this season for England.
“Obviously with it being a World Cup year, it’s important to be a part of as many England squads as you can be, so that’s my task going forward. I need to be creating goals, and scoring goals as an attacking player.”
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