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Liverpool battle United for £10m-rated Oxlade Chamberlain
Liverpool are ready to step up their pursuit of Southampton’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Manchester United joined the race to sign him. Liverpool’s director of football strategy Damien Comolli watched the 17-year-old score against Oldham last night in the Saints' 6-0 drubbing at Boundary Park - but was joined in the stands by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Southampton rate Chamberlain in the £10million bracket and Liverpool have watched him extensively over recent weeks. Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal have also expressed interest.
In an interview with US radio station Sirius Xm, Sir Alex has been explaining how he keeps all of his players happy. "Several things come into it," the boss explains. "First the players have to understand that, at Manchester United, we have to use our squad. I’ll always explain to a player who I have left out what I am trying to do and the reason for not including him. If he has his opinion, great, I'm happy to talk it through and they always know they may be playing next week."
Michael Owen believes Wayne Rooney could be the next English to clinch the Ballon d'Or award. Lionel Messi won it this year but Owen, the country's "obvious candidate". “I’m sure we’ll have another winner and Wayne is young enough. He’s got great ability and he’s playing for a team that can win the league so he has all the attributes."