Cascarino has a theory why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down Chelsea

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (C) in discussion with England team mates as they inspect the pitch on the eve of the World Cup qualifying match against Malta at Ta'Qali National Stadium on August...

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (C) in discussion with England team mates as they inspect the pitch on the eve of the World Cup qualifying match against Malta at Ta'Qali National Stadium on August...

Former Celtic striker Tony Cascarino has suggested in The Times why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool instead of Chelsea from Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Liverpool from Premier League rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

According to BBC Sport, the Reds had to pay the Gunners a transfer fee of £35 million in order to secure the services of the England international.

It has also been reported that the 24-year-old, who can operate as a winger or as a central midfielder, turned down Chelsea on Tuesday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England.

Former Celtic and Chelsea striker Cascarino, who now works as a pundit for talkSPORT, has a theory why the ex-Southampton man chose Liverpool ahead of the defending Premier League champions.

“Oxlade-Chamberlain is a direct player with blistering pace, who wants to drive forward,” Cascarino wrote in The Times. “He can’t defend.

“He can hassle and press, but I think he knows that his strength is not being out wide, where he is required to chase back.

“That’s why he turned down Chelsea; offensively, he is better than Victor Moses but he cannot defend like he does. He is simply not a natural at it.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal controls the ball during the match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Arsenal FC at ANZ Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is a good and talented player, and at just 24 years of age, the Englishman is still very young.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a very good coach, and the England international can only improve under the German.

The Merseyside outfit have made a strong start to the 2017-18 Premier League campaign and will be aiming to challenge for the league title.

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