Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has questioned Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ability following his move to Liverpool on the deadline day this summer transfer window.
The England international midfielder made his debut for the Reds in the 5-0 away defeat at Manchester City. Henry was speaking before the game and questioned the reason behind the Ox’s move, claiming that he still doesn’t understand what the midfielder was good at.
As reported by The Daily Mail, Henry said:
“He spoke on the Liverpool website about that he could see Klopp making him a better player and that there’s a love and togetherness. Are you telling us you didn’t have that at Arsenal?
You have to bring something on the table. I have been watching him for a very long time and I still don’t know what he’s good at.”
A product of the famed Southampton academy, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal with high hopes of excelling as a midfielder of the highest class.
His failure to attain lofty heights as a player is regarded by many as a failure of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. In six seasons at the club, Arsenal could not utilise his raw talent and mould him into a more consistent player. The player too had a part to play in his failure as he showed little intent or change, season after season. After a stagnant career at the club, it was time for him to chase better chances and he chose Anfield.
One of the biggest reasons why Oxlade-Chamberlain chose Liverpool is the idea of working under Jurgen Klopp and restoring his flagging career. Though he had a better financial offer from Chelsea, the midfielder chose to sign with the Reds.
Does that make him an automatic choice to improve? Not really, as we saw in the defeat at Manchester City. Oxlade-Chamberlain came as a half-time substitute for Mohamed Salah when Liverpool were 2-0 down and playing with 10 men.
He played in his favourite midfield role – another reason why he left Arsenal, after being deployed as a wing-back at the Emirates. However, he was unable to have an effect on the game at all and provided little going forward.
Is Henry’s claim closer to truth? Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at Anfield on the deadline day in a £35million deal to work in a more central role and develop under the tutelage of Klopp.
But for the Ox to make this true, he needs to start performing well on the pitch. If not, Henry’s words will keep stinging him!
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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