Liverpool midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain: Nunez impressed us with Benfica - just like Diaz | OneFootball

Liverpool midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain: Nunez impressed us with Benfica - just like Diaz

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Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has welcomed new signing Darwin Nunez.

The Reds have kicked off preseason training with a full squad this week.

Oxlade-Chamberlain told the club's website: "I think obviously Darwin, we played against and saw him first hand and I think everything that we saw in those games… he reminded me a little bit of Luis [Diaz] when we played against him when he was at Porto. He's that sort of a player that you know what you are going to get from – the athleticism, the speed, the strength, the power – and it was the same with him. I remember having to chase Luis back at Anfield at one point and he made me stick it into fifth gear and then try to find sixth to keep up with him!

"You sort of remember those things and when he walked through the door that was the first thing I remembered – don't try to get in a race with him if I'm expecting to win! I think Darwin would be the same. I think Virgil said first hand and Ibou said as well how quick and strong he was. I think he had that confidence and swagger about him as well and I think as a striker, as a forward player, you sort of need to have that confidence to go and do good things and lead the team from up there."

On Fabio Carvalho, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: "Fab, he's obviously a young player, very technically gifted. I saw a few little bits from him at Fulham last year and from guys I know there, they all speak very highly of him.

"So I'm sure we're going to see him learn from a lot of the boys around here as well and settle in. Just any new faces like that, it breeds the competition for places and a bit of excitement, something new and fresh, and that makes everyone stick it into the next gear to sort of impress and make sure the standards stay high. So it's a good thing, always."

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