Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be nearing an exit at his current club Arsenal, with a move to Anfield looking more than likely than ever.
“The Ox” is mostly used as a utility player at his current club and it could be argued that he is not reaching his true potential at Arsenal. The England international is looking for regular first-team action and Liverpool could be the perfect club for him to do so.
With Sadio Mané a certainty on the right wing, Liverpool will be looking to add to the options they have on the left wing. It’s reported that Chamberlain would welcome a move to Liverpool this summer.
The main question arising from any Liverpool related deal is if Jürgen Klopp believes the addition will suit his unique style of play.
Oxlade-Chamberlain can be regarded as a relatively young, versatile, speedy winger, who would be perfect for an attacking Liverpool team. The England international has registered more crosses than any other Arsenal player this season. Liverpool could relish a player who has attacking intent and isn’t scared to run at defences.
Reports have suggested that Arsenal want to stamp out Liverpool’s intentions and put pen to paper in a new deal for Chamberlain which would increase his salary to around £100,000-a-week and secure his services for five more years.
Liverpool would have to offer a reasonably large sum of money for his services, although reports suggest Liverpool’s “transfer kitty” should be substantial this summer.
Jürgen Klopp may have the credentials and suitability to take Oxlade-Chamberlain to the next level in his career, as Arsene Wenger has been criticised for his backward tactics. Many Arsenal players have turned on the French manager and are already looking to play elsewhere next season to further their careers.
Liverpool might not be favoured by Arsenal based on rivalry amongst the clubs, but with the right price on the table, anything could happen. Before any negotiations can take place, Liverpool will need to secure a Champions League spot, and if Arsenal fail to do so, Oxlade-Chamberlain should more than likely be a Red next season.