Arsenal hero Keown: Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to produce for Liverpool

Posted September 10, 2017

Jurgen Klopp sealed a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on deadline day, while Philippe Coutinho remains a Reds player having been denied a transfer to Barcelona.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has played in a right wing-back role recently for Arsenal but is also capable of playing in central midfield and on the wing, and Henderson believes he will succeed in whatever position he is picked in.

"It's of course different because Phil, I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn't train, so that means he missed around about three weeks".

He reported for training with his new team-mates on Merseyside on Wednesday and was greeted by a smiling Klopp, who will be tasked with integrating his new signing into his squad.

The England global cited Jurgen Klopp and the chance to play in central midfield as reasons for the move.

That late £92 million for Thomas Lemar being accepted and Alexis Sanchez's potential move to Manchester City grabbed the headlines but it was only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who actually made the move.

But former Arsenal player Henry has criticised Oxlade-Chamberlain for his decision to leave the Emirates and questioned his motivations.

For some of the other high-profile players returning to their English Premier League teams following the worldwide break, the reception might be a little frostier.

ARSENAL MEDIA    
     The Frenchman pulled off some impressive saves at Arsenal's training ground
ARSENAL MEDIA The Frenchman pulled off some impressive saves at Arsenal's training ground

"I can not come out with every single conversation I have with the players".

"Watching him, (you see) his passion and how much he cares about the game", Oxlade-Chamberlain, nicknamed "The Ox", told the Liverpool website.

"At the end of the day I'm a player and if the boss puts my in that position, I will do my best job for the team".

"He also need to bring something to the table in order to get better, it's not only the manager".

"I am not naive enough to believe that".

I used to love Thierry Henry, one of my idols as well, but I knew I wouldn't be a striker so I wanted to be Stevie G.

The reds face a crucial road test in the Premier League on Saturday, with the club travelling to Manchester to take on Pep Guardiola's title-hunting City.