Thierry Henry has revised his opinion on Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his first few months at Anfield.
Henry was a bit bemused by his former Arsenal teammate’s £35m move in the summer, stating that after watching him for some time he still wasn’t sure what the 24-year-old was good at.
Writing for Sky Sports on Tuesday, Henry now says that while he still stands over his judgement of Oxlade-Chamberlain last August, he can now see what the versatile player brings to the table for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool:
“Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves praise for what he’s done during his short time at Liverpool so far. But we didn’t see that clearly at Arsenal.
“At Arsenal, there has always been a lot of debate as to what Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best position is. One day he was a wing back, one day he was a left winger, one day a right winger and on another a number 10. That was the problem, we just didn’t know.
“For Liverpool, we are now seeing a midfielder that puts the pressure on the opposition at every opportunity, he wins the ball back, he scores goals and also gives assists. Now we can see clearly what type of player he is.
“We can now see clarity in his game and in what he’s being asked to do. That is what he is showing right now.
“All credit must go to Jurgen Klopp and Oxlade-Chamberlain himself.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain responded to to the above criticism earlier this week, branding the remarks as “a bit stupid” in light of the fact that they had played together at the Emirates during Henry’s short loan spell in 2012.
The former Southampton man has been in fine form for the Reds lately, registering another assist for Mo Salah in last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle.