Forget Oxlade-Chamerlain, Liverpool have better alternative

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Liverpool already have a player 'on a par' with reported target Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, says former Reds midfielder Paul Ince.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly at the centre of a bidding war between the Merseysiders, Arsenal and Manchester United but Liverpool would be wasting their money, according to Ince.

The former England star may not be best placed to cast a neutral verdict, but he believes his son Thomas - on loan with him at Notts County from Liverpool - has comparable talents to those of 17-year-old Chamberlain.

“My lad is on a par with this boy, without a doubt, but they are kids at the end of the day, so let them play and enjoy themselves," said Ince Snr of the Liverpool starlet.

“He just needs to settle down, play his football and listen to the right people like his manager and his father Mark, who was a pro footballer.”

Aged just a year older than the Southampton whizkid, Ince has impressed during his short stint with County and is now keen to commit his future to Liverpool.

However, Liverpool are delaying over a new contract for the teenager and have only offered a 'derisory' deal thus far, says Ince Snr.

Ince Jnr is content to bide his time with County until something is resolved, and is loving every minute of the experience.

"Coming to Notts has been absolutely fantastic for me and I've loved every single minute of being here, so hopefully we can get my loan extended," he said.

"If not, I will take all of the positives of being here back to Liverpool.

"It's been a great journey for me and I hope I showed I was worth my place in the team. I think I have got stronger with every game.

"I honestly don't know what will happen. It's down to Notts and Liverpool to decide. Wherever I am, I have to build on this experience. My hope is to be here, but I don't know."

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