Cape Town - Liverpool
midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says patience is a virtue as he
looks to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
The 24-year-old England international only recently joined the Reds
from Arsenal with the intent of featuring more prominently, and got his
first back-to-back starts in wins over Maribor and West Ham.
"It's never easy coming into a new team with as much quality as we've
got here. It takes time to settle in and learn a new formation and
style of play," he told his club's website.
"I've had to be patient. I'd have liked to have played as much as I
can, that's natural. The only thing I can do when I get the chance is
try to impress and help the team to win, with goals and creating
"I'm going to keep trying to do that and keep pushing for starting
places, just as everyone else will. That's the best thing - competition
"The most important thing is that we're winning. I'm happy with the result and obviously it was nice to start as well."
Oxlade-Chamberlain has missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad
for friendlies against Germany and Brazil, meaning his next chance to
impress will be after the international break, when the Reds face
Southampton in the Premier League next Saturday.