Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has responded to criticism in the media after a difficult start to his Liverpool career.
‘The Ox’ joined Liverpool from Arsenal in the summer for £35m, but took time to settle in initially, which led to criticism from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry who said he didn’t know what the midfielder was good at. Manchester United’s Gary Neville also made his feeling clear on Oxlade-Chamberlain, stating that he didn’t strengthen Liverpool.
Despite Henry and Neville’s dismissive comments, Oxlade-Chamberlain has become an important member of Liverpool’s team, starting in their last three league games, all of which resulted in victory. He has scored four goals and provided six assists for the Reds this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had this to say when talking about the criticism he has received:
“It cannot shake me. I was very aware of those comments. It is not nice to hear it from your peers or people you have worked with.
“Saying you don’t know what I do when you have worked with me, I think it is a bit stupid. When you have watched someone long enough you know what they can do.”
He continued: “The important thing is that when I came here I had a manager who had faith in me and he felt something different to that – and I had faith in myself.”
“It is about end product – scoring goals, setting up goals – as an attacking player and that is what I have to keep doing,” said the England international.
“If they are referencing more end product then that is fair enough – I hold my hands up.
“There is more in me, I know I have to keep pushing on.
“Even if you have had a couple of good games you don’t take your foot off the gas – you want more. Success breeds success.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal to further his development in a new environment and it is now proving to be worthwhile decision. He believes in his abilities and so does Jurgen Klopp. Right now, those are the only opinions that matter.