Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks he has improved since joining Liverpool, despite fan criticism.
Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Liverpool from Arsenal in the summer for £35m, but hasn’t exactly blown the league away since then. With two goals and one assist in 17 appearances for his new club, and those goals coming against NK Maribor and 19th-placed West Ham, you’d think Ox would want to stay quiet on what he’s achieved, for now.
However, the former Arsenal man told the Liverpool club website: “I definitely feel that I’m in a really good place physically and I think I’ve made strides in that respect, with how intense the training is here and how demanding this manager is.
“I think I’ve definitely improved on that and I think I’ll keep improving with doing the things that he wants and keep practising the way he wants to train.
“The more I play, obviously physically you adapt and get fitter and stronger, so I’ve definitely got an understanding of what’s needed now and how he wants the boys to play and specifically me in my position.”
I don’t blame the Ox, really. When you’ve made such a massive decision for the future of your career, uprooting your life and letting go of thousands of people who believed in you, you have to believe that you made the right choice.
Liverpool in general have looked much improved since their embarrassing 4-1 loss to Spurs, with five wins by three or more goals and a draw against Chelsea. Alex has only started half of those matches, so he can’t take too much credit.
Ox’s assist against Chelsea was the only time you could say was the difference, and even that had an element of fortune about it.
Other than that, I think the midfielder would be best off forgetting what he’s done so far and focusing on contributing a bit more in the future.