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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts he faces a tough competition for regular first-team action at Liverpool but insists he is ready to fight for a chance. The £35million deadline-day arrival from Arsenal bagged his first goal for his club in the 7-0 Champions League victory over Maribor – the Reds’ most successful away game of the season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has only made one start, a disappointing individual and team performance in the Carabao Cup exit at Leicester City since he transferred to Anfield after being a regular for Arsene Wenger’s side this season.
But he has taken his performance up another notch in the last couple of games coming off the bench, against Manchester United over the weekend and then in Maribor where he was assisted to his first goal by Daniel Sturridge late on in the defeat of the Slovenian champions.
Jurgen Klopp has also made some comment on the development of the 24-year-old, having spent the last six weeks getting himself acclimated to his new surroundings and the demands his manager is putting on him.
“It’s a competitive team that I’ve come into,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told BT Sport. “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 here and get used to that and then whenever I get my opportunities try to do as well as I can.”
Liverpool’s triumph in Maribor finally gave them a new beginning in the Champions League after two disappointing draws at home to Sevilla and away to Spartak Moscow and lead Group E on goal differences from the Russians.
It also ended a run of one win in their last eight matches and lifted the spirit of the squad heading into Sunday’s encounter with Tottenham at Wembley.
“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 at the right 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 will come off for us.”
Klopp was happy to finally be reaping the fruit of their labor having regularly stated that all that could be done regarding their attacking play has been done.
“The performance was very active,” said the German. “Good – or even better. From the first second, it was exactly what we wanted to do.
“We wanted to show the best counter-pressing in the last few weeks – I really thought that protecting our offensive movements were really good but we could have done better in counter-pressing.
“Last night was really good. A few of the goals came from counter-pressing situations.”