Thierry Henry has questioned Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ability following his move to Liverpool.
Chamberlain completed a £40m move to Liverpool on deadline day and recently made his debut in their 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.
Speaking before the game, Thierry Henry questioned the reasons for Chamberlain’s move, and claimed he still didn’t know what he was good at.
“He spoke on the Liverpool website about that he could see Klopp making him a better player and that there’s a love and togetherness. Are you telling us you didn’t have that at Arsenal?” Henry said, as reported by The Daily Mail.
“Or are you looking forward to something else? He’s saying that after an hour of training at Liverpool.
“You have to bring something on 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 you also find out what they are good at.
“He needs to bring something to the table and give something to work with.”
Chamberlain’s move has been viewed by some as an Arsenal failure. In six seasons, Arsenal were unable to mould the raw talent into something more refined and consistent.
However, part of that is the player’s fault as well, as he didn’t improve as much as expected season-on-season.
While working under Klopp might help him go up a level, he also has to play his part.
Chamberlain made his first appearance for Liverpool yesterday, coming on as a half-time substitute for Mohamed Salah.
At that point, Liverpool were 2-0 down and playing with 10 men. Chamberlain was handed a midfield role, but was unable to effect the game at all. He provided little going forward and wasn’t able to help prevent the defence shipping another three goals.
Having lost 4-0 in his final game for Arsenal, a 5-0 thrashing on his debut wasn’t what he wanted.
Chamberlain seems to have a habit of nightmare debuts, as his Arsenal debut came in the 8-2 loss against Manchester United. He was a sub in that game, too.