Jurgen Klopp insists Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains “a long-term project” for Liverpool after brushing aside the midfielder’s concerns that he’s not yet good enough to become a regular.
The former Arsenal man netted a stunner in midweek against his former side in the Carabao Cup and taking his tally to three goals in a week following his double against Genk in the Champions League.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he has plenty of improvements to make before he becomes a regular under Klopp and admits he has plenty to add to his game.
“Quality-wise, I am not too happy with my performance to be honest,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“I wasn’t great on the ball and not near my own personal level of where I want to be. I put in a good shift and run a lot.
“I watch the boys of a weekend and I know what it is about here. You have got to be at a really high physical level to go and put in a performance like that.
“Fab (Fabinho) did really well at the weekend so I need to keep pushing myself and maybe I will get a chance.”
Klopp, however, insists he’s not too concerned and says the player is doing really well given his year-long spell out of the game with a serious knee injury.
Klopp said: “He has scored, nice, both at Genk, a real stunner on Wednesday, a lot of outstanding moments, but other moments he is not involved.”
Assessing what he needs to become a regular, Klopp added: “We always have to try to reach perfection. He still needs rhythm but that is no problem. He is a long-term project.”
Responding to his wish to improve at Liverpool, Klopp added: “It is good a player thinks he is not at his best. He could think he is because he scored some goals. Quite some space for improvement. That is good.”