Liverpool FC star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain aims to step his game up
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he is ready to step his game up at Liverpool FC in the coming seasons
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he is focused on stepping his game up at Liverpool FC in the coming seasons.
The 26-year-old has only just recently returned to action after having missed most of last season with a serious knee injury.
The England international is now back in contention for a first-team place at Anfield as he looks to try and help Jurgen Klopp’s men challenge for the Premier League title.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started one of Liverpool FC’s four Premier League games so far this season and has also come off the bench twice for Klopp’s men.
And the former Arsenal star says that he’s now ready to kick on and step his game up for both Liverpool FC and England.
Speaking in an interview quoted by I-News, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “It hasn’t all been roses for me for sure, and I think I maybe got caught up at a certain age and probably over-achieved when I was 18.
“I was doing some special things at a really young age and there is only a very small minority who manage to really kick on all the time and push on to be Lionel Messi, for example. But at that point that was where I wanted to go.
“I’m in a position now where I’ve just turned 26 and in my mind I still want to go to those places and give myself the best chance to be as good as I can be.
“I remember I used to think: ‘When I’m 24 I want to be right at the peak of my career and it’s alright because I’ve still got two years before I’m 24.’
“You categorise it into years because your career is only so long but then every year would go behind me.
“By 24 I wanted to have won the Champions League and be scoring 10 to 15 goals a season. I set myself all these goals all the time but sometimes things just don’t go the way you want them to.”
Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action after the international break when they host Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday 14 September.
The Merseyside outfit finished in second place in the Premier League table and just a single point behind champions Manchester City last term.
The Reds won their first major trophy under Klopp last term when they beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final back in June.