Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that he wants to be a more “constant threat” going forward and ultimately reach “another level” at the club.
The Englishman has suffered two damaging injury setbacks at Anfield which have halted his progress.
After a stunning debut season, he encountered a serious knee injury in April 2018. Indeed, that issue kept him out for the vast majority of the 2018/19 season.
But after returning to a similar vein of form last term, he injured knee ligaments in August. Boss Jurgen Klopp initially said that he would be absent for around five weeks, only for him to return earlier this month.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has a penchant for bursting through midfield with energy. What’s more, he has often used that energy to deliver a long-range strike or a similar game-turning moment.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the midfielder explained how he plans to return to his previous form and even go one better.
“It is about delivering numbers. In general, the goals I score, a lot of the time they are not easy goals,” he said.
“Goals from outside the box should be the bonus. When I look back to last season I remember the goals against Bournemouth and West Ham where I got myself into positions where I should score.
“That is where I know I can take my game to another level. I want to be a more constant threat going forward.”
Indeed, Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed his most productive season in front of goal for Liverpool last term. He scored eight goals, including four in the Premier League and three in the Champions League.
However, he believes that being his own worst critic helps drive him on to achieve more on the pitch.
Oxlade-Chamberlain demands more from himself
“I have always been self-critical,” the midfielder added. “I know when I am feeling good. That comes out in performance. I can feel when I am in a good spell.
“I hate games that pass me by. Especially in this team. When I am in midfield I know my role and job so when I feel I do not do enough – running with the ball, creating, giving Mo [Salah], Sadio [Mane] and Bobby [Firmino] opportunities to score – I recognise it.
“That is where self-criticism comes from. I wanted more from myself for a lot of last season. I can look back on it and say ‘eight goals – my most ever in a season – and fourth highest in the team’.
“But to be honest I was not happy with how I performed for the majority of it. I expect more from myself in certain areas at certain times. When I am not doing it I get frustrated.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain made his return from injury as a substitute in the 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace. As such, he could be in line for a bigger role against West Brom on Sunday.