As players they share plenty of similarities.
Both are capable of starring as the deepest-lying midfielder, in a box-to-box role or tucked in just behind the strikers.
Both are bright on the ball, can beat opponents with quick feet, are aggressive and are eager to dictate matches with their footballing brains.
It is expected that 23-year-old Keita will initially feature as one of Jurgen Klopp’s central attacking midfielders.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s driving runs from deep gave the Reds a fabulous new dimension last term. Like "the Ox" and Wilshere, Keita is a central midfielder who can travel beautifully with the ball.
Wilshere will be reminded of the value of keeping the ball at West Ham United.
Even though the new manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to turn the Hammers into a more possession-based side, they will spend long periods chasing the ball in challenging tests like at Anfield.
Wilshere’s defensive skills will be put to the test, and it is an area of his game that he can improve this season.
He is not at the same level as Keita, who has terrific ball-winning qualities.
Wilshere’s accurate use of the ball will help West Ham, though.
His accurate distribution can help alleviate pressure on Sunday, giving his defenders a welcome breather.
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If Wilshere’s main job this weekend is to help take the sting out of Liverpool’s play, Keita will be handed a more ambitious brief.
While these players will have contrasting instructions from their managers, they are two exciting all-round midfielders of a similar ilk that should improve their new teams.