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Karine Grigoryan

03-08-2019 | 15:54 Football
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Liverpool pre-season training has been a 'shock to system'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been injured most of the 2018/19 season and is looking set to make his Premier League comeback. Oxlade-Chamberlain played some minutes in Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Lyon few days ago. Speaking to Daily Mail, he revealed: "It's been a bit of a struggle. I forget that I haven't played for a long time. If I am honest, the last couple of games haven't been at the level that I want. A lot of the lads will feel tired in pre-season. But, for me, it's a bit more of a shock to the system. "There is a place where I think I should be and where I want to be. But there is a reality of the process that I am going through. It's going to be peaks and troughs. Hopefully, I'm at the stage where it will keep improving. I just try to remind myself I have been through the worst of it. "I trained with them for four months last season. They see where I am at. As a professional, you know and respect what you have to do to get back to that level – especially to play for a team like us, with the intensity we have. It doesn't just come overnight. "I don't feel like I really have to prove to my team-mates or anyone in particular what I can do. But, of course, me as a person. I'm quite critical of myself and demand certain standards. I want to show people that I can be a part of this team."

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