Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has challenged himself to ‘do a lot more’ despite producing the best goalscoring season of his career thus far.
The England international has returned from a long term injury this season to play a regular part in Jurgen Klopp’s side’s record-breaking start to the Premier League season, scoring seven goals in all competitions.
After missing almost the entirety of last season, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return has been a welcome boost to the Reds, whilst the 26-year-old has been in good form, starting each of Liverpool‘s past six league matches.
Despite his impressive showings, however, the former Arsenal star is demanding more from himself and says the environment at Anfield to strive and improve is a key factor behind the club’s success of late.
“I feel like I need to do a lot more if I’m being really honest. It’s my best my goalscoring season,” he told the Mirror. “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’s 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.”