Thierry Henry has clarified his comments about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the Liverpool midfielder labelled his previous criticism ‘a bit stupid’.
Henry, who in 2012 spent a month in the same Arsenal squad as Oxlade-Chamberlain during his brief second spell at the club, was critical of the England midfielder before he joined Liverpool last August.
“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,” said the Frenchman.
Since moving to Liverpool and working with Jurgen Klopp, Oxlade-Chamberlain has started to show what he can do on a consistent basis.
Henry has been impressed.
“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,” he told Sky Sports. “Now we can see clearly what type of player he is.
“The goal he scored against Manchester City in January is the example.
“He’s in a team that likes to put pressure on, he got the ball back, drove forward, produced a brilliant strike and scored. The other day against Newcastle he won the ball back and gave it to Mohamed Salah, who scored.
“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.
“We can now see the player he can become at Liverpool.
“The potential was always there. Now, he is playing magnificently well. If he continues at his current ratio of goals and assists, he will go past the ratio he achieved at Arsenal so easily.
“He is a different player from the one we saw at the Gunners and the Arsenal fans would have loved to have seen this Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the Emirates Stadium.”
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