Rio Ferdinand has praised Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Genk, saying he can pose a serious threat going forward.
Oxlade-Chamberlain marked his first outing in Europe in 18 months with a brilliant brace of goals, the first a low strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, the second a neat finish which came off the underside of the bar.
The Englishman was also solid in and around midfield with his passing and in defence too, but it was his ability going forward that caught Ferdinand‘s eye on BT Sport.
Speaking about the midfielder’s first goal, the former United defender explained why Oxlade-Chamberlain can be a serious threat going forward for Liverpool.
“The second goal is undoubtedly the better of the two but what I like is the way that he gets into these positions,” the 40-year-old said.
“Once he gets into these pockets – James Milner mentioned it – in behind the opposition’s midfield, he can dribble, he can turn, he can shoot and face.
“It’s a great position. It’s a bad place for the opposition midfielders or centre-halves because they can’t go out and meet him, he turns, he can shoot, he can pass, he has the options, he can dribble.
“He’s a fantastic footballer. It’s all about decision making [for the goal] and it’s a great strike.”
Liverpool sit second in Group E after Wednesday’s result and face Tottenham in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.