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Neville predicts Ox Liverpool future

Gary Neville believes Liverpool’s £35m signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strengthens the Reds’ squad but not the starting XI.

Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal after making 198 appearances for the club are is now ready for his new Anfield challenge.

However, Neville believes the 24-year-old is not necessarily going to fit straight into Jurgen Klopp’s first team, especially in his desired central role.

The former Manchester United man told ‘Sky Sports’, “He doesn’t get in the best XI.”

“(Philippe) Coutinho, (Emre) Can, (Jordan) Henderson, (Adam) Lallana, (Mo) Salah, (Roberto) Firmino all play in front of him. Everyone seems to eulogising over him in the last 24 hours, but he doesn’t get in the best XI and strengthen their team.

“He does, however, strengthen their squad – he’s a player who could play in Jurgen Klopp’s style. He’s got a huge amount of talent and is a decent lad but he has three or four areas of his game which he has to significantly improve.

“The biggest being his focus and concentration and being a really top professional. I think his injury record is poor, too, he’ll need to work hard to stay fit.

“Also, his impact in terms of his assists and goals. With the Champions League and Premier League, he’ll be an asset for the squad.”

 

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