'He doesn't strengthen their team' - Neville delivers verdict on Liverpool summer signing
By Aramide Oladipo
Gary Neville has expressed his doubts over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool this summer and claimed that “he doesn’t strengthen their team”.
The 24-year-old completed a deadline day move to the Merseyside club from Premier League rivals Arsenal in a deal worth £35million.
The Englishman actually played his last match for the Gunners at Anfield as the Reds strolled to an emphatic 4-0 victory last weekend.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was deployed in the right full-back position for the match where he struggled to make an impact and he was eventually substituted after an hour.
Speaking on the Sky Sports News Transfer Centre Show (September 1, 10:00am), the United legend believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain will succeed on Merseyside but admits that he still has a lot to do in order to hold down a regular place.
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“He doesn’t get in their best eleven,” he said.
“He doesn’t strengthen their team but what he does do is strengthen their squad.
“It’s not a criticism of Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the players in front of him are better.
“He could play in Jurgen Klopp’s style, he’s got huge talent, he’s a decent lad but I think he has three or four areas of his game that he has to significantly improve.
“The biggest being his focus and concentration about being a really top professional and a top player.
“With the Champions League and Premier League demands, I think he’s somebody who will be an asset for them.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves the Emirates Stadium having scored 20 goals in 198 appearances for the Gunners.
The midfielder is currently away on international duty with the England national team as they prepare for their important World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia this week.
The Liverpool new boy could potentially make his debut for the Reds next weekend as Jurgen Klopp’s men face a tough match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.