£35m Liverpool player is 'sharper, quicker, fitter' than he's been in years
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shares very promising update on his fitness

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his fitness levels are better than they have been for some time. The Liverpool player has had a tough few years.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at Liverpool back in 2017 for £35m and took a while to get going. In fact, Jurgen Klopp wasn’t consistently playing him to start with.

But post-Christmas that year, Oxlade-Chamberlain really took off. He became a key part of the Liverpool team, with the pinnacle being his starring role in a 3-0 Champions League win over Manchester City.

He was electric that day, bursting forward from midfield to cause havoc on the counter. The Englan international looked like a £35m bargain.

An injury against AS Roma in the next round was devastating, however. Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the next year of his career and has never really found his place since.

That’s not to say that he hasn’t played well or contributed – he scored eight times across 19/20 – but there hasn’t been that same ‘fit’. Oxlade-Chamberlain has very much been a squad player, rather than an integral first-team part.

But then, that’s to be expected. He picked up another injury last season that ruled him out until December. There just hasn’t been any rhythm or consistency.

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That may be about the change, however.

Oxlade-Chamberlain on his current fitness

“I feel like I’m at a place where I’m feeling sharper, quicker, fitter, stronger,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I feel like it’s just a chance for me to kick on and put down a really good season of consistent performances and hopefully some good numbers as well in terms of goals, assists. But I guess that’s all to come. 

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“It doesn’t feel like a new start because it’s all been part of the journey, the story.

“But I feel like this season’s important for me to go and do something really good – hopefully on an individual level and then obviously for the team.”

With Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum’s exits and the inclusion of youngsters in the squad, Oxlade-Chamberlain will undoubtedly get chances. It’s wonderful to hear that he’s nearing his best fitness levels again, then.

If he’s right, the 28-year-old can undoubtedly play a key role in the Liverpool team. Maybe that’s in midfield, perhaps it’s from the wing – either way, Oxlade-Chamberlain has a proven skillset that meshes well with the Reds.

So fingers crossed he’s right. Oxlade-Chamberlain could yet still find that shining form he showed back in 2018.

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