Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has vowed to keep on learning as he aims to use a history-making goal in Maribor as the spark to ignite his Liverpool career.
The England international has only started one match – against Leicester in the League Cup – since his £35million move from Arsenal on deadline day but he enjoyed his best moment yet in Tuesday’s Champions League demolition, when scoring the goal that ensured Liverpool posted their record away win in European competition.
Jurgen Klopp is delighted with how Oxlade-Chamberlain has blossomed in the last week, with his cameo against Manchester United and his contribution in Slovenia suggesting he is now becoming more attuned to a different way of working.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring his first goal for Liverpool on Tuesday night
Oxlade-Chamberlain slots home the sixth goal of seven during the romp against Maribor
Liverpool are now top of Champions League Group E after their high-scoring victory
He accepts there will need to be an element of patience as he looks to secure a starting role but Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready for the fight and is determined to prove to Klopp that he can become a key player going forward.
‘It’s a competitive team that I’ve come in to. 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,’ Oxlade-Chamberlain told BT Sport.
‘Everyone’s fighting for their place and I’m just ready for when I get the opportunity, like tonight. I need to keep developing and learning a new style of play here and get used to that and then whenever I get my opportunities, try to do as well as I can.’
Liverpool had been criticised in recent weeks for profligacy in front of goal but the ruthless manner in which they took their chances to go top of Group E left the impression that they have turned a corner and Klopp has no doubt it will have a huge impact on the squad’s confidence.
Klopp has urged his forwards to maintain their composure in front of goal and Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the rapid-fire way Liverpool began on Tuesday must be replicated in the coming weeks and months.
The midfielder faces a fight to break into Liverpool’s starting XI on a regular basis
Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the win in Slovenia and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s progress
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‘I think we started with the right intensity. The manager said when we come to these places it’ll be a tough game, we can’t be complacent, we need to give them 100 per cent effort and I think the boys did that right from the off,’ Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
‘Even at half-time he was still pushing for us to do better and react again because we thought they’d come out and give it a good go, so the boys reacted really well again after half-time and ultimately we got everything we deserved.
‘More to the point we were more clinical, putting away all our chances, or near enough all of them. Every week it feels like we’ve got a lot of goals in us and it’s just not clicking right at the final moment.
‘I think we create a lot of opportunities and I hear people saying the stats are always Liverpool have 20 shots a game, so if we keep doing those things – that’s the important thing, that we keep creating chances and keep trying and hopefully it’ll come off for us and (against Maribor) they did.’