|Desc||Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a regular feature at Arsenal since he was 17 until his sale to Liverpool on deadline day, Oxlade-Chamberlain failed to fulfil his potential at the Emirates Stadium. The debate rages on about the England international’s best position but his best form for Arsenal is fresh in the memory, coinciding with a drastic change in system|
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2014 08 16 Tweet
[Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade Chamberlain on himself] 21 today! Time flys […] I can remember making my debut for saints vs Huddersfield aged 16 with my terrible trim like it was yesterday
2015 03 28 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain on the worst dancer in the England squad] Raheem Sterling, one-thousand per cent. He has got zero rhythm. Studge put a video up of him and Jordon Ibe dancing, and Raheem was at the start of the video having a go. That pretty much sums up his rhythm - it’s non-existent!
2017 11 24 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explain why he turned down the opportunity to play for Conte and joined Liverpool instead - a week after his deadline-day switch to Merseyside] I want to help myself as well, I’ve got aspirations of improving myself and I know how much I want to develop. One of the main reasons I took myself out of my comfort zone was to try and push myself and really see how far I can push those boundaries. Ultimately, I want more from myself
2019 08 17 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain happy to see Liverpool ride their luck after Adrian error. He comments on a nervy finish to a 2-1 win which could have been avoided] I think we were in control of the game and then you concede a goal and momentum flips like that. It will happen from time to time and we managed to withstand that. You’ve got to ride your luck at times and it was really solid and a good three points
[He added on a game ultimately settled by goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino] There were moments in the game where we suffered and knew we had to improve. We knew we would come under the cosh and had to withstand that. But despite playing 120 minutes and all the travel, we were never going to use that as an excuse. We had to turn up today and prove we were raring to go and I think we did that
2019 08 20 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool have a taste of winning] We’ve had a taste of winning [a trophy] and we knew what it took to get there. It was nowhere near easy. I think it’s going to get harder and harder. We know what it’s going to take, there are going to be moments that test us and maybe new tests this year that we didn’t face last year. We had to dig in, the boys dug in all last year through difficult moments, where you’re expected to win and still go out and win. We know there’s going to be tests and we know that’s what’s required
Mentally, this group of players is top drawer. The manager is one of the most mentally persistent managers out there, for sure, he keeps us going. We know what the demands are on each other. And I think that has grown in the team, there are more and more leaders coming out of this side - not just Hendo, Millie, Virg. Everyone is starting to take responsibility for what they need to do on and off the ball. It’s a team that’s really going in the right direction. But it’s early in the season; we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, keep plugging away and keep churning out results
2019 08 22 Retrieve
[After 16 months, after the long days and the dark nights, after the operations and the setbacks and the doubts and the worries, he was finally back playing football] That’s what you miss. An injury within an injury within an injury
[Oxlade-Chamberlain remembers the reaction of his team-mates vividly. James Milner, the least sentimental member of the Liverpool squad, was lost for words] He put his arm around me. That made me emotional
[He admitted that pre-season, his first proper one under Klopp, had been a shock to the system] I want to show people that I can be part of this team. But I have to keep reminding myself it is a long journey back to where I want to be
2019 08 22b Retrieve
[Liverpool have announced midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a new long-term deal with the Anfield club] I’m really, really excited - it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to. I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign. It’s something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time - and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year. You’ve got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don’t get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here
[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also voiced his pleasure at seeing Oxlade-Chamberlain sign a new contract] When I heard Ox had signed his new contract with us, I am sure my emotions were the same as every Liverpool fan hearing the news tonight - absolutely delighted. This is because an absolutely outstanding player and person has shown his belief and commitment to our project here and it’s a deal I think makes sense on both sides
2019 08 22c Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool still hungry for more] I think it is obvious to see the team is progressing. Even when we’re not playing well, we still manage to grind out results and that’s a really positive thing. In times when we are playing well, it sort of speaks for itself, we thrive and we have the ability to steamroll teams. From the outside, it would look like a really good time to sign - and I can speak even more from the inside about how good the group of lads is. It is a really, really good group of players, not only talent but characters and how much everyone respects each other. The manager and the coaches, the backroom staff, they’re all a massive part of it. The whole set-up, the structure, is perfect at the moment.
Last year was the first sign of that going in the right direction with the Champions League. Now, in a weird way, it is almost like it didn’t happen, but I think that’s credit to everyone around the building - everyone is hungry for the next thing and what’s next. That’s the right attitude to have to go on and be more successful and go on to win more things. That’s the plan, hopefully we can follow it through and win some more things
2019 09 22 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is happy for Mohamed Salah to keep being selfish] Isn’t selfish? Are you winding me up? The guy doesn’t pass to us. Are you mad? Ask Sadio Mane! No, Mo Salah isn’t selfish because he’s a goalscorer. He’s got to do that. We can’t expect him to pass us the ball all the time and him to score loads of goals. The way he plays wins us games, so he’s got to do what he’s got to do. He scores, we win the game. I’m happy. Mo, do what you want!
2019 10 12 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has expressed his hope that he can help Liverpool get over the top in their quest to win the Premier League this season] For me, off the back of what the boys achieved last season, it’s: can I add that little bit extra, can I add a little bit more to help us as a squad? They did terrific last season and the boys in midfield played a lot of minutes. They played their part, they all rotated really well and came up with really important goals.
It’s on me to try to bring a little something: run with the ball, link the play and fit in with the rhythm of the boys up front to help them. What they achieved last year was extraordinary. To miss out [on the title] in the way we did was heartbreaking, so as a team we need to do better. With teams like Man City, and how relentless they are, we know we have to do more
2019 10 23 Retrieve
[The injury-plagued midfielder scored two goals - including one outrageous effort - as the Reds recorded a vital 4-1 victory at Genk] I don’t know if the Champions League has missed me but I’ve definitely missed it!
2019 10 23b Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted that he missed playing in the Champions League after scoring two goals on Wednesday] I don’t know about the Champions League missing me but I’ve definitely missed it! It was nice to be back out there. It’s a special tournament to play in. It was great to see the boys do so well last year, being on the bench at the end and watching the boys bring it home. It’s nice to be back in the starting line-up and to get a couple of goals is a bonus. But we’ve got to be better if we want to go further in the tournament
[Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping his goal can help lift the club back to their winning ways] We’ve gained confidence from the whole season, not just this game and the last 20 minutes against Manchester United. We saw that we have a lot to improve on and it was the same again tonight, but we’re getting results, which is good. The manager will tell us we have a lot of points to improve because we’ve got to get them right if we’re to get another good result at the weekend
2019 10 31 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘proud’ of Liverpool youngsters’ character in thrilling Carabao Cup tie] I am really proud of how the boys turned out. And especially the young lads on their first starts and debuts. [Arsenal] had young players out as well but I think all of those young players are pretty involved in the first team and Europa League and stuff, so they had more experience. It goes to show what quality we have here. More than that, it was the character. It wasn’t a plain-sailing game against tough opposition - a big club in Arsenal. A lot of boys could have gone missing or the occasion could have got the better of them but they kept going.
I saw Pep [Lijnders, the assistant manager] talking in his press conference about the character and what the boys are going to have to do to make that step up, and tonight showed it. It is an education for all of us, even the more senior boys. When you make mistakes in big games like that and big moments at the start of their careers, it is about how you respond to that. They responded really well
Curtis is a really confident lad and he’s been around us long enough to know that we trust his ability and he is comfortable with that. It was nice to see him put his name down to take a penalty and he was always going to do that. The same with Rhian - I know how confident he is! To step up in front of the Kop like that, to convert all the penalties, especially with the young lads, shows a lot about the character. I am really happy with them
At the minute they are not tap-ins, let’s put it that way! It was a pretty good goal, so it was really hard to keep the celebrations in but that is always something that I knew I would do against my former club. I always want to show a lot of respect for Arsenal and what they did for me and the times I had there. I didn’t want to celebrate but it was a tough one to hold in. I wanted to take my shirt off and go mad! It was nice to get one, I have been given a license to shoot from outside the box and the last few games I’ve managed to do that. Hopefully it continues
I just tried to run a bit more and get in behind and tried to get my legs going a bit more. Quality-wise, I am not too happy with my performance to be honest. I wasn’t great on the ball and not near my own personal level of where I want to be. But I put in a good shift and ran a lot. I watched the boys of a weekend and I know what it is about here. You have got to be at a really high physical level to go and put in a performance like that. Fabinho did really well at the weekend so I need to keep pushing myself and maybe I will get a chance
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain on a high after match-winning display for Liverpool] It’s just a kick. Milly [James Milner] has them every day and gets on with it! The player caught me nicely! It’s a bit of a sore one but all good. I feel like I’m getting better with every game physically but I think there’s more to come from me defensively and pressing with the right intensity. It takes a while to get that back but I think I’m getting better with that. I’m happy with how it’s gone. It’s important to get three points and push in the group. Overall, we’re happy with three points
[Milner, meanwhile, held his own despite being drafted into the starting XI in the unfamiliar role of left-back, and was pleased to finish the game with Liverpool on top] I thought we were good at times. The boys keep coming out and try to keep that tempo high. It could have been a lot more comfortable but they made it difficult. I’m just pleased to get the result. Set-pieces are always going to be dangerous. There were six changes tonight so the hardest things to pick up are always going to be shape but it’s something we can look at to improve. Every game is tough in the Champions League. It’s a boring saying but it’s true! We need to finish the job now. We are in a good position
2019 11 15 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he knows he still has room to improve as he looks to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England midfield] I’ve made steps forward for sure with where I was before. I’ve got that feeling back of attacking and getting into areas and a few goals help that and help my confidence and for others to say I have found my form. But at the same time there are some games in there - the Arsenal game I had a poor game to be fair; I scored a good goal but I wasn’t good enough - and there are games where I wanted my all-round game to be better. But I was starting to get into the positions I was before I was injured and finding a bit more joy in those areas and getting that feeling back
[However with the likes of Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks and James Maddison arriving on the scene in recent years, plus the growing appreciation for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, there is plenty of competition for places in what looks likely to be a three-man midfield] I have been around for a while and had a lot of injuries that have kept me out of big games and tournaments. I was coming into form when we played Holland and Italy in the March just before I got injured and I think I brought that form into England. But since the injury I am trying to pick up where I left off. In that time there have been a lot of other boys who have come through. There are different players and new dynamics so it is nice to slot back in and push myself to keep improving and try to find something different to help this team move forward
2019 12 03 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Liverpool’s mindset has been key to their Premier League dominance so far this season] The mindset that I’m in when we go into a game is that I’m going into it with the mindset that we’re going to win. I think that’s how we all feel. We’re going into the games expecting ourselves to win and anything else we’re disappointed. There’s times in my career where I definitely haven’t gone into all games 100 per cent confident that the team’s going to come away winning. But with this team, I have that sort of belief in us. If we’re on our A-game that’s how I think we should come out of games. Obviously it might not happen every time but when you’re going into games with that sort of mindset and belief it simplifies everything else. You go in there to win, you know what you need to do to win. There’ll be some things you can’t control, that happen with the opposition or little mistakes here and there but the overall mindset is we’re going to win. Anything else that happens in and around that will happen and it is what it is.
Whether you’re out in front or chasing people will always talk, whether it’s positively, whether it’s people trying to turn positive situations into a bit of a negative one. We’ve got to make sure it’s the most important game of our lives every time we play and that’s the message the manager keeps giving us and how he is inclined, we do that and see what happens come the end of the year. That’s the only way I think you can not get caught up in all the talking and people making predictions early on as they do. We’ve had a good run in the league. I think there are areas we can improve on and our performances haven’t always been absolutely stellar and really good but we’re finding ways to win.
If we keep working and things carry on going that way and we can click and start putting a bit more clinical performances in, that’s obviously a good thing for us. But for the time being we’re delighted with how we’ve been doing. The boys have been brilliant but it’s a long long way to go in all competitions. I don’t live under a rock so I hear what people say and the predictions that people make. You’ve got to just keep going out and churning out results. There might be a time where results don’t go so well and people maybe close the gap a little bit. We’ve got to be ready for those moments mentally as a team to just keep going and see what happens
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain considers Mohamed Salah to be an incredible talent] He deserves it, he’s come from Egypt and worked his way up to the top. He’s a humble guy, a very good teammate and such a top professional. The numbers that he’s doing on the pitch week in, week out for years now is incredible. He deserves everything he’s getting at the minute. I hope he can put on a good show for them and the Mo mania can continue because that’ll be a good thing for all of us
[Liverpool have never before landed FIFA’s global title] It’s not something we’re so familiar with in our country and I think it’s a rare occasion to win the Champions League, it doesn’t happen all the time. It’s a big thing for us. Because we’ve been able to get here, we can see that the rest of the world and from the other teams that are here, how big it is for them, how big it is for their countries. The Brazilian boys have told us how big it is back there. I think Internacional beat Barcelona years ago, Alisson was telling me, and it was massive then. It’ll be the same for Flamengo. We know how big it is and how big of an achievement it is. We’re here and there’s only one thing we want to do - we want to win
I think when the boys are fresh just off the back of a pre-season, then the games aren’t as thick as they are right now. Maybe for some people it’s a bit hard to see how involved they will be. But I think in the last month or two months, the changes that he’s been making, we’ve all been required to chip in and play our part. Everyone has done fantastic - whether they’re more regular starters or they’ve come in and played minutes. There’s times where certain boys will be feeling a little bit tired or they need a rest and other boys are going to be needed. At the same time, if you come in and do well, the manager doesn’t turn a blind eye to that and you get opportunities. We’re all in it together and everyone’s required to do their bit to help push the team forward
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool have a score to settle with Man Utd] I think there’s always a score to settle in this fixture. If you’ve won the last five out of five then lose the next one, that’s going to hurt us or them the most, whichever way you look at it. We weren’t happy with the game (at Old Trafford). On the day, we didn’t play well enough and then I think in the second half we had chances in the last 25, 30 minutes to go and win the game, so we were disappointed we weren’t a bit more clinical. Obviously Adz came on and scored a really important goal which on the day gave us a good point and I think at the time, at that point of the season, you don’t look at that as a blot because we didn’t know we’d go on to achieve what we’ve achieved so far
[Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool - with a 14-point lead held at the top of the Premier League table - have no regrets and remain focused on the future] It would have been nice to have got a win there, but if you look at the season as a whole and you go to Old Trafford and get a draw and you’re not happy with that, that puts you in a good place. I don’t personally look too much at those things - I don’t want us to lose games, but I don’t look back at that game and think that’s ruined our season. But, at the same time, we don’t go into any game not wanting to win, so we’ve always got a score to settle whether we’ve won, lost or drawn the game against the team we’re coming up against previously
2020 01 22 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain states winning is becoming a habit] The way you can explain something like that is if you look at Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the bar they have set for years and years and years, they might go one season or calendar year scoring 70 goals [and] if they hit 45 the next year they are probably not satisfied and the people around are probably not satisfied any more.
Once you have proven to yourself and externally what you can achieve and the levels you can hit, that’s when the difference is. When you consistently hit them year after year, or as close to, is when you will be satisfied with yourself and others will be satisfied.
That’s why the likes of those two players I just mentioned go down as the greatest - because they have been able to keep that up for year on year on year, for 10 or 15 years. That’s nothing to think lightly of, it’s unbelievably hard.
When I look at last season, how it finished and we didn’t win the league with 97 points, you’ve also got to respect what Man City managed to do that year, the year after they won it with 100 points.
To then go and get 98 points the next season takes a lot of mental strength and it takes that sort of desire to go again the next year and not be satisfied with what you’ve done. To keep churning out game after game the next year takes a lot of doing and you’ve got to respect that.
We’re on a good track at the minute. Ninety-seven points and you’ve got that disappointment, that made us hungry for this year again. We’re going well at the minute. But it’s the same mentality of nothing is done yet, the job is not done.
Winning trophies and winning matches is the same thing - once that’s what you’ve got your mindset on doing, you do it one week and you’ve got to keep doing it every week. That’s the sort of space we’re in.
As Adam [Lallana] said, it does become an addiction. It takes a lot of mental strength as well. We’ve got a good group of lads here and a great manager to keep pushing for that, so I don’t think that will be an issue. It does become something you’re hungry for.
We’re definitely hungry but we’re nowhere near finished and we’re not at the target we need to get to. We’ve got to stay hungry and keep pushing, then hopefully we get the results that we’re after.
ust to be available to help this team where I can. Obviously being out for pretty much the whole of last season, my main aim this year was to make sure I stayed available and when I was called on I put in the work and contributed to this team wherever I could.
That’s really all I’m focused on for this year, being a part of this team and helping this team achieve what we want to achieve.
Anything along the way - goals or anything like that - is a bonus. For me, just to be fit, have a good season and a consistent one of playing when needed - that was my main target this year.
And obviously I want to be able to bring the things I brought to the team before I got injured, so try to be an attacking midfielder that can assist the boys up front when I play.
And also make sure I’m at the levels defensively that this team requires and the manager requires of the midfield boys to be able to play and be reliable to play.
Other than that, I’m just happy as long as this team keeps pushing forward and I can be a part of that. That’s exactly what I want.
2020 01 30 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain: Records don’t drive Liverpool & Reds will keep plodding along] There are a lot of tough games coming up so we’ve just to keep plodding along and keep doing what we are doing to first and foremost achieve what we want to do in the league. That’s the most important thing - finishing as high up as we can - and we are in a good position. We want to keep that going and if records come off the back of that then that’s obviously a little bonus, but you can’t really think about those things, I don’t think
At times I think, especially in the first half, maybe things got a little bit static or robotic and we struggled to remember patterns of play and things that have got us success, so we came in at half-time a little bit disappointed with ourselves and disappointed with the fundamentals, the movements and the things that we work on to create space and go in the right direction.
In the second half we had more moments where that was working a bit better. We won the ball back a bit quicker and a bit sharper, but we were sloppy as well at moments so we can improve on that. The boys at the back, we are lucky to have them and they get us out of some situations where we are a bit sloppy. Our goalkeeper, Ali, he is top drawer and with those boys behind you they get you out of a bit of trouble at times and we need that from time to time.
We have people like Hendo [Jordan Henderson], who just keeps us going, keeps pushing and keeps the standards high. We are barking at each other all game and are never satisfied, but I think after the second goal went in, overall, we controlled the game mostly. We had a few chances - Mo [Salah] hit the post and there were a few other moments when we could have maybe killed the game off - but in the end we saw the game out well
2020 01 30b Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain insists Liverpool aren’t celebrating title] It’s obviously a really nice place to be but we’re not really any different than we were on the first day of the season. It’s a great group of lads, we have a good laugh between each other in training and we like being around each other, but when we’re playing football it really is business and the standards are high
[We won] 2-0 here and we’re all in the showers after laughing at how much we’re having a go at each other! Hendo [Jordan Henderson] was barking at me a few times, he was going at Trent [Alexander-Arnold], and Trent was going back to him - that’s the sort of environment we’re in. There’s always everyone pushing each other and when it comes to football there’s always another time for us to do what we’re here to do and put the performances in that we need to put in. We haven’t done anything different, we haven’t achieved anything yet, so there are no celebrations or extra fun going on in training. It’s business as usual and that will remain the same with this group of players and the manager
I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve been, I wouldn’t say frustrated coming off, but probably a little bit more frustrated with not doing as much as I’d like when I’m on. Obviously when you come off, you want to do more, you feel you should be doing more, and that’s what I’ve been frustrated with. I probably would have come away from here [West Ham] with the same feeling but it’s nice to get a goal, it’s something in the attacking side of things that I could have contributed today. But I still need to do more, I think we all do
I think today quality-wise I was a bit disappointed with myself. There were times where stuff came off but going into games I know what I want to do, what my strengths are, how I want to get into positions, and when you get into those positions that’s your time to do what you want to do. You don’t get much time and there’s not really much margin for error but that’s what we train for, to get into those areas and then when you get in there be a bit tighter with your passing. There were a few times where my touch wasn’t as good as I’d have liked and when I get into those pockets that’s what I’m in the team to do.
I’m in the team to, from midfield, help create, link up with the front boys. I think I did it better with Bobby Firmino in the second half and a few times I managed to get a little half-chance through to Divock Origi. Getting in between the lines and turning, that’s what I’m there to do, and there were times in the first half that I didn’t do it enough
2020 01 31 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Naby Keita offers a lot to the Liverpool cause] Not really. You have to always be sharp and focused. Obviously, when everybody’s fit, there’s more competition for places and that’s what it’s like being part of a team like this, a successful team and a big football club. There are going to be top players in the team and we’ve all got to push each other and, when we get our opportunities, take them and help each other. That’s just the way it works
It’s great to see Naby come back, he’s a great asset for us when he’s playing and firing, the same as Fab - they’re big parts of our team. The boys in midfield, especially Hendo (Jordan Henderson) and Gini (Wijnaldum) who have sort of been ever-present throughout the season, and Milly (James Milner) as well before he picked up his injury, they’ve been brilliant. But it’s a massive help to those boys and us all when there are more options and we can rotate and everyone can take the weight. At the same time, everybody obviously always wants to play but that’s part and parcel of playing for a team like this. It’s great to see them back because Naby can add a lot to the midfield, especially going forward, he’s got that creativity. And Fab as well, defensively we know how solid he has been for us for the first half of the season. So it’s good to see them back, we want everybody fit and available, the Champions League will be coming back soon so we need everyone
2020 02 03 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino set the example for anyone that wants to learn how to score goals] It helps playing. I think I’ve played the last five now, which is really nice. That obviously helps you get a feeling with the way that the team’s playing and with the boys around you. I think a lot of it’s just down to maybe being a bit more clinical, getting myself in more areas where I can shoot and affect the game. Luckily, the last few have gone in. But that’s what the top goalscorers do. We’ve got Mo, Sadio, Bobby and they set the example for anyone that wants to learn how to score goals. I get to watch them a lot and try to follow situations and put yourself in the position to score. We’ve got players that can find you, so there’s always opportunities that this team creates. I’m delighted to have scored a couple of goals in the last two games, but it’s about us all and making sure that we chip in where we can and finish the season strong now
[Oxlade-Chamberlain said of Firmino and his value to the collective cause] It becomes a little bit normal when you play with that guy. That’s the way he plays and he does those magnificent things all the time. I love him, I absolutely love him. He’s such a joy to play with and to feed off. He’s always looking for others, he works for the team and his skills speak for themselves. He’s a top man and we all love him
2020 02 24 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain: If anyone mentions Liverpool winning the league, Jordan Henderson shuts them straight down] I look at Jordan Henderson because he’s lifted the European Cup, how much that meant to him, but you wouldn’t have thought he’d lifted anything from the way he is. If anyone even utters the words ‘winning the league’ then he shuts them straight down. He’s done it externally as well, he won’t ever let himself get carried away. He’s just so driven, focused on the next game and the next thing. That’s how we are as a team and how I am as an individual. My dad built that into me so that I am never too excited by anything that’s going on around you, you’ve got to go onto the next thing to achieve the next target
I feel like I need to do a lot more if I’m being really honest. It’s my best my goalscoring season. But, for me, I haven’t scored enough, I need to get more numbers and I’ve got the perfect base and the perfect team to do more.
It’s a strange one. I think there are certain things that have definitely suggested I’ve improved. I could see it in my first season here just before I got injured that things were going in the right way and it felt like I was a big part of a team going in the right direction collectively.
That’s the environment we are in and I don’t know if that’s what we’ve built as a team or that’s the way I feel about myself, but I wouldn’t look at this season and clearly say I’ve taken a big step forward because in my eyes I need to do a lot more.
I feel I need to do keep pushing to keep up with the rest of this team and everyone around to be a part of this. The only thing I can say is that I feel I have taken a step forward from two or three years ago because I’m now getting more minutes consistently.
I think I’ve started six Premier League games in a row and it sounds funny but I can’t really remember me doing that before. I don’t think i ever did that at Arsenal . Look back and check but I don’t think I did. But I genuinely can’t remember playing that regularly
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Oxlade-Chamberlain picks Robertson as Liverpool’s biggest banter merchant] I’m going to have to give it to Robbo, just because he’s the loudest and he’s non-stop. It, like, non-stop - Duracell bunny every day. All he does is just cause carnage and just banter everyone, so, yeah, Robbo.
To be honest we never really get a chance to go out much during the busy season and a lot of schedules. We don’t really do that. But on the few occasions we have as a team, Robbo is definitely good value on a night out. He’s a top lad
[Oxlade-Chamberlain has been used at various positions by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp] I’m assuming you mean on the football pitch! I’m going to have to say central midfield. It’s a question I was asked for years and years but it’s definitely centre-mid - number 8
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain claims Liverpool’s Premier League title pain in 2018-19 made them even more determined to succeed] You can look at it two ways. You can look at it in the sense of, how do you get 97 points and finish off second best? That, mentally for the lads, I think was a big challenge. You almost can’t get a more perfect season. You might have, you know, the season before City obviously got 100 points. So we’re talking one game, one win difference - you expect to win with that. So, I think first of all it was sort of another heightened respect for Man City as a team, to go 100 points and then 98 back to back, that takes a lot of doing. Mentally, as a group of players, I think that’s maybe where we thought, ‘Alright, 97 points not good enough’ and I remember the manager saying we’ve got to do more. Simple as that. He was adamant that’s not enough, you’ve got to do more, and I think it’s a credit to us in what we’ve done so far this season, the boys are doing more and obviously this is a strange time because you talk about momentum and that’s the same for every team at the minute, but it’s not finished yet. We’re close but we’re not finished yet, but up to this point we are doing more. At the minute we’ve been doing that but whenever we’re able to kick off again we’ve got a job to finish so we can’t get carried away yet
Whatever happens, we as a club know what we’ve achieved up to this point and we believe in what we could go on and do for the rest of the season and beyond that, and I think that’s important to know, that we’ve achieved something up to this point; it’s not the end goal but it’s all we could do up to now. Whatever is out of our control is out of our control as a group of people, as a football club, as players, as fans so just take care of themselves, look after themselves and their loved ones, and whenever we’re able to get back I look forward to seeing them again
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals playing position was key behind transfer from Arsenal to Liverpool] I wouldn’t say I wanted to leave Arsenal because I didn’t believe we could win. I just didn’t believe I was going to be able to play where I wanted to play and that was it. Me winning the Champions League was obviously a dream come true and a massive bonus but I didn’t feel like ‘Ah, I told you so’ [at Arsenal].
[Even so, it was the prospect of playing in his best role which most enticed the No. 15 to change clubs, especially after starting his last campaign with Arsenal as a wing-back] It was a big decision for me to leave a club like Arsenal. It was everything I knew at the top level for seven years. sWhen I had to make the decision to leave, it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make and to be honest there was a part of me that didn’t know if it was the right thing. I feel a lot of my best performances for Arsenal came in midfield but I never played consistently in that position. The first game of that season I switched with Hector [Bellerin]. First game I played on the left [wing-back], he played on the right and second game we switched. I thought, ‘I’ve got to take the risk, I’ve got to take the chance. I don’t want to look back at the end and think I didn’t try
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals new look after losing bet with Jamie Carragher] Carra. The deed is done. Sideburns are looking shockingly bad. Didn’t want to go anywhere near them, was very scared. Trim is not helping anything. I’ve left the ‘tache on for good measure, because why not? I’m looking like my dad back in the 80s. But a bet is a bet. Well played mate
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Liverpool took a ‘risk’ on handing him a new contract in August 2019, with the England international determined to repay that considerable show of faith] It was another big moment for me. It was really exciting for me, obviously coming off the back of an injury; we were talking for a while if that was the thing we were going to do and coming to an agreement on that meant a lot to me. To be at a club that supported me all the way through an injury like that, which for some it can be career-ruining or career-ending, to commit to an extension and a contract, probably at a time where maybe it was a bit of a risk or they had to put a lot of trust and faith in me as an athlete and a person, because after an injury like that no-one really knows how you’re going to come back, for the club to do that meant the absolute world to me. I felt very privileged and honoured to extend my time with an amazing football club and an amazing team. Definitely one of my favourite moments of the season