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!
Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.
The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.
Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.
Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.
However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.
Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.
Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.
Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.
The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).
The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.
Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:
“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.
“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.
“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.
“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.
The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.
33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible
Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.
The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.
The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.
24 clean sheets
This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.
This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.
Dominating the opposition
Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.
The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).
Incredible passing numbers
Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.
The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.
Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.
The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.
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