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More Game Time Helps the Way I Play, Says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The midfielder put on a strong performance against Atletico Madrid and hopes the rhythm can continue.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has started two of Liverpool’s past three games. He put in a strong shift against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League - and the increased game time is serving his performances and morale well.

“A player like me who sometimes tries to do risky things – run with the ball, drive with the ball – obviously rhythm helps that”, he said, speaking to liverpoolfc.com.

“Rhythm helps all players, of course, but I think especially me with the way I play, with more game time and games it becomes a bit more natural and I don’t have to think about these things as much.

“So no, I think it’s getting better but obviously at the minute we’ve got a few injuries in midfield. Hopefully soon we’ll have everyone back and then the competition starts, but as long as I can be absolutely ready and be able to perform well if needed, I need to make sure I’m doing that.

“Games help and I felt better tonight [against Atletico] – but I think I definitely can improve even more for sure.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness is crucial with Liverpool going through a mild midfield injury crisis at the moment. Despite that, the Reds have made it to the top of the ‘group of death’, and he recognized the achievements of the squad in doing so.

“We’ve started the campaign off really well, we’ve got ourselves through, and I think we performed really well throughout.”