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Oxlade-Chamberlain determined to prove his worth at Liverpool

 

By Carl Markham

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts he faces a fight for a regular first-team place at Liverpool but insists he is ready to seize his chance.

The £35m deadline-day signing from Arsenal scored his first goal for his new club in the 7-0 Champions League rout of Maribor — the Reds’ biggest away win in European football.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been restricted to just one start, a disappointing individual and team display in the Carabao Cup exit at Leicester, since his move.

But there has been a notable upturn in his performances in the last couple of matches coming off the bench against Manchester United at the weekend and then in Maribor.

Jurgen Klopp has also spoken of the progress the 24-year-old has made recently having spent the last six weeks adjusting to his new surroundings.

“It’s a competitive team that I’ve come into,” he said. “Everyone’s fighting for their place and I’m just ready for when I get the opportunity. I need to keep developing and learning a new style of play and get used to that, and then whenever I get my opportunities try to do well.”

Liverpool’s win in Maribor finally kick-started their Champions League campaign after two disappointing draws at home to Sevilla and away to Spartak Moscow, and now lead Group E on goal difference from the Russians.

It also ended a run of one win in their last eight matches and provided a much-needed confidence boost heading into Sunday’s encounter with Tottenham.

“We’re in an important part of the season where we want to get off to a good start, and we’ve got a few results that haven’t gone our way,” added Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“Every week it feels like we’ve got a lot of goals in us and it’s just not clicking. So if we keep trying, hopefully it will come off.”

Klopp was delighted to see his Reds get the full reward for their efforts having stated that little needed correcting in terms of their attacking play which a stroke of luck would not alter.

“The performance was very active,” said the German. “Good — or even better. From the first second it was exactly what we wanted to do. It was really good.”

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