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Arsenal star lauds Liverpool winger: 'He's a massive threat'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks Raheem Sterling is a "massive threat" to any defender in the world.

The 19-year-old Liverpool winger has been in sensational form this season, featuring regularly for Brendan Rodgers' side and scoring six goals in the Premier League - as well as making three assists.

And Sterling was rewarded for his impressive showings with a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad to face Denmark this Wednesday.

Arsenal man Oxlade-Chamberlain, for one, is delighted to see his "good friend" rise through the ranks. 

“It’s really nice to see so many young English wingers coming through. Raheem’s a good friend and someone I’ve been close to, we have the same agent, from when he was 14 and moved to Liverpool," the Ox told reporters.

"It’s good to see him doing so well. He’s a massive threat to any left-back or right-back in the world and that’s really good for England."

Sticking with a Liverpool theme, 20-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain also joked about Steven Gerrard's tackle on him during Arsenal's recent 2-1 FA Cup win over the Reds, saying : “I can’t remember. I didn’t think it was a foul!”

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been similarly impressed with Sterling's development, suggesting that England will have a player with "much greater maturity" on their hands later down the line.

“I just think that a year or so down the line from his first cap, England will be seeing a player with much greater maturity and a young player who has produced in big games,” said Rodgers.

“He’s a kid who’s just turned 19 but he’s a father now, that brings maturity into your life and he’s coping with that remarkably well.

“You see a young player who’s getting stronger and stronger every day; a young player who, tactically, has improved his level impressively.”

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