Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he would have liked to have played more since moving to Liverpool but accepts the need to be patient because of the quality of Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.
The former Arsenal midfielder has made only three starts in all competitions since joining the Reds from Arsenal late in the transfer window for £35million.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his first goal for his new side during Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Ham and the versatile England international accepts all he can do is take his chances when they arise.
“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 Liverpoolfc.com.
“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 chances.
“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 for places.
“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 highlighted how important the win at the London Stadium was, coming on the back of successive 3-0 wins over Huddersfield and Maribor.
“The manager said it could be a great week and it was up to us how good the week would be, and how nice the next week will be,” he added.
“We knew we had to win and we wanted to win. We wanted to finish on 19 points by the end of the game. The boys were right on it all the way through the game to get that done.
“It’s the international break now, we can go away and regroup and then hit the ground running again.”