Sky Sports Pundit Gary Neville Claims Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Isn't in Liverpool Best Starting XI

Friday September 1st, 2017

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville is of the view that new midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won't significantly improve the Liverpool starting XI.

The England international left Arsenal to join Jurgen Klopp's side on transfer deadline day - despite huge interest from Chelsea - completing his move to Anfield on Thursday morning.

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The Blues had a fee agreed with the Gunners, but the player turned the Stamford Bridge outfit down due to reservations over playing in a wing-back role. 

He is thought to want to play as a central midfielder and apparently believes that he will get to do so at Liverpool. However, Neville doesn't see the £35m arrival getting a regular starting spot.

"He doesn’t get in the best XI,” the pundit said on Sky Sports. “[Philippe] Coutinho, [Emre] Can, [Jordan] Henderson, [Adam] Lallana, [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino all play in front of him. 

“Everyone seems to be eulogising over Oxlade-Chamberlain in the last 24 hours. He doesn’t get in their best XI, he doesn’t strengthen their team.

“What he does do is strengthen the squad. He’s a player who, to be fair, could play in Jurgen Klopp's style."

Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently away on international duty with the England squad, and fans will hope that he can prove Neville wrong when Premier League action resumes on September 9.

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