By Danny Mills

20th Oct, 2021 | 6:45am

Mills: Hardly-seen Liverpool player is a 'better version of Ross Barkley' and far more athletic

Danny Mills is not convinced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should swap Liverpool for Arsenal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender insisted Oxlade-Chamberlain is a “fabulous player” but he needs to prove his fitness.

The Sun reported on October 12 Arsenal are plotting a move for the versatile midfielder four years after they sold him to Liverpool.

The 28-year-old has played 111 times across all competitions for Liverpool and has won the Champions League and Premier League with the club.

However, he has struggled for game time recently and the last time he made consecutive Premier League starts for the club was in May 2020.

He was a 63rd minute substitute for James Milner in Tuesday’s thrilling 3-2 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid in Spain.

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Asked whether he thought a return to the Emirates would be a good move for the former England star, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There’s a romanticism about that.

“Whether going back to Arsenal would be the right move, I don’t know.

“If you can get him fit then he’s an outstanding player. The issue is he’s never fit enough for long enough.

“He’s just had a baby as well, so does he want to move right now.

“He’s a fabulous player, he’s got a lot of talent but his fitness has been his biggest problem.

“He’s had a couple of bad injuries but he hasn’t been able to get that fitness back and have a run of 10 games in a row. If he could do that, he could go to any team outside the top four in the Premier League.

“When he’s fit and firing he’s like a better version of Ross Barkley, a more athletic version of Ross Barkley.”

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