Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was delighted to make his first Premier League start in 14 months against Southampton on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp selected Oxlade-Chamberlain as part of his midfield trio, alongside Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner.
This was after The Reds had endured a tough week of travelling to and from Turkey as well as the 120 minutes of UEFA Super Cup action in between those plane journeys.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the game, Oxlade-Chamberlain commented on all the small details he needs to get adjusted to again:
“It was nice to be back out there. In a winning performance is always nice as well.
“In the first half, I felt my way into it a bit and got to grips with what’s what. You have to play off triggers; so when Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gets the ball, it’s about getting back into rhythm with my movements off him and Mo [Salah] and the rest of the team. I think in the second half I settled into a bit better.
“I had an alright game, a decent game but the main thing was I wanted to make sure I focused on the defensive duties and making sure I was putting in the work and had the legs to help the boys. I’m glad we did that as a team.
“On a personal level, it’s nice for me, it has been a while since I started but I’m delighted that I could help contribute to the team because that’s what I’ve missed so much, being able to contribute and help this set of players to achieve things. It was really nice to be back out there.”
He also highlighted the mental toughness within the squad under Jurgen Klopp as they refused to let fatigue win the day at St Mary’s.
“We knew it was going to be a tough ask but we said straight after the game [in midweek] there were no excuses about playing 120 minutes for some of the lads or travel.
“The fixtures are there and you’ve got to go and win them. We didn’t want to come off the pitch with any excuses as to why we didn’t get the right result.
“We suffered in patches but we managed to come through them, which we knew was going to happen and we knew we had to do, so that’s really positive.
“We played some really good stuff in parts as well. We were under the cosh a bit at the end. But it was absolutely brilliant from the boys; after a big midweek, to come and do that at a tough place [shows] what we’re made of.”
Liverpool’s next fixture is at home to Arsenal on Saturday evening.
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