Steve Nicol questions Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signing

Andre Schembri of Malta battles with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson of England during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Malta and England at Ta'Qali National Stadium...

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...

Steve Nicol has suggested to ESPN FC that Liverpool should not have signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 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 was 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.

Liverpool legend Nicol has suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s side should not have signed Oxlade-Chamberlain from Premier League rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

The former Scotland international full-back has questioned why the Reds would sign a player who has not excelled in his best position.

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.

Nicol told ESPN FC about Oxlade-Chamberlain: “Why would you buy a player to play in the position that you have never seen him play in? That’s basically what’s happening.

“I think last season for a couple of halves he played in the middle of the park and then got either taken off or shifted back wide again.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain is a versatile player, but the England international wants to be deployed in a central midfield position.

Liverpool do have enough players in that position, and one wonders whether the 24-year-old would be able to play regularly for the Reds this season.

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