Oxlade-Chamberlain lacking minutes but embracing 'fight' for Liverpool places

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The England international has had to be patient following a £35 million move from Arsenal, but insists that he is prepared to scrap for regular games

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is “ready” for a regular role at Liverpool, but acknowledges that has to fight for a place in a “competitive team”.

Ox 4/1 to score v Spurs

The England international has had to be patient following a £35 million summer transfer to Anfield from Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp has sought to ease him into the fold, handing him just one Carabao Cup start so far and seven outings off the bench.

The 24-year-old was named among the substitutes again for a Champions League clash with Maribor, but entered the fold in the second half to net his first Liverpool goal.

He now believes that he is better adjusted to new surroundings, telling BT Sport following a crushing 7-0 victory in Europe: "It's a competitive team that I've come into.

"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."

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Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool just as a testing period for the club kicked in, as they collected just one win from eight games across all competitions.

They are, however, now unbeaten in five and looking to use their continental mauling of Maribor as a spark to reignite their 2017-18 campaign.

Oxlade-Chamberlain added: "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.

"Every week it feels like we've got a lot of goals in us and it's just not clicking at the right moment.

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"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."

Liverpool face another stern test of their credentials when they return to Premier League action on Sunday, with Klopp’s side heading to Wembley Stadium to take on title hopefuls Tottenham.

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