Thursday 18 January 2018

'I still don't know what he is good at' - Thierry Henry offers withering assessment of Liverpool's new signing

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool reacts after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool reacts after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Thierry Henry has questioned the ability of new Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, stating that he still isn't sure exactly what the 24-year-old is good at.

Chamberlain moved from Arsenal to Liverpool late in the transfer window for a reported €40m fee, and made his debut today in the Reds' 5-0 defeat against Man City.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced at half time for Mohammed Salah, but made little impact as Pep Guardiola's men exposed 10-man Liverpool.

Speaking before the game on Sky Sports, Arsenal great Henry picked apart the England international's reasons for leaving Arsenal, and gave a withering overall assessment of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"He talked on the Liverpool website, that the main reason he went to Liverpool, was that he could see Klopp making him a better player," Henry said.

"That he can see that players love to play for him. That there is a love, a togetherness. Are you telling us what you didn't have at Arsenal or are you looking for something else? Him saying that after one training, or one hour with Klopp - are you telling us what you didn't have at Arsenal?

"I hear him out but you also have to bring something yourself. You talk about the manager, the manager is great, the manager is amazing, the manager is this, the manager is that. You also talk about the stuff you didn't have at Arsenal, apparently.

"You also have to bring something to the table. I have been watching him for a very long time and I still don't know what he's good at.

"You can find out on all players what they are not good at, but normally at some point you also find out what they are good at. That's one thing that he has to understand very soon, that he also has to bring something to the table for someone to work with it."

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