Oxlade-Chamberlain Has the Hunger For a Place in the Starting Line-Up, Like Everybody Else
The England International, signed from Arsenal, finally scored his first goal for Liverpool in the 7-0 Champions League rout of Maribor which became the Red’s biggest away win in European Football.
Having arrived at Anfield from Arsenal in a £35m deadline day deal, Oxlade-Chamberlain had a disappointing performance in the Carabao Cup exit at Leicester but made a remarkable revival coming off the bench in the game played against Manchester United on the weekend and then in Maribor which awarded him his first goal.
Now, he is set to fight for a place in Liverpool starting line-up.
Even after his brilliant display of skills in particular games, he always knew he would have to be patient in becoming a regular starter for Liverpool because he needs to adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s style.
He acknowledges the fact that Liverpool is a competitive team and that he needs to prove himself to establish a fit in. and everyone else is doing the same.
“It’s a competitive team that I’ve come in to,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told reporters.
“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. Everyone’s fighting for their place and I’m just ready for when I get the opportunity.” He added.
Oxlade-Chamberlain keeps developing and learning new styles of play as well as getting used to Klopp’s style. He tries doing well in every opportunity he gets.
Klopp even praised the progress he has made over the last six weeks of tough adjustments to new environment and demands.
Winger Sadio Mane to Play for Senegal Squad in November despite Hamstring Injury
In the meantime, despite being ruled out for six weeks, Sadio Mane was named in Senegal’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers alongside South Africa next month.
After missing the Premier League draw with Manchester United and the Champions League thrashing of Maribor, Mane’s return has not yet been rubber stamped. Liverpool said Mane could be out for up to six weeks.
Although he suffered a hamstring injury during his clash with Cape Verde last week, Aliou Cisse believes that Mane is 100 percent fit and will be ready for the November 10 and 14 double header. Cisse already included Mane in his plans for qualifiers against South Africa. Klopp may just think otherwise.
Cisse has even been reported as saying: “Until now, he has just been doing some individual training such as running in straight lines. But from the next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”