Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport that he thinks Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could save the Reds £50m this summer.

The midfielder cost Liverpool £35million in 2017 when he swapped London for Merseyside.

His first season was brilliant until he suffered a horrific knee injury against AS Roma in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield and is now gearing up to get back to it.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Warnock told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain can both play [further up the pitch]. So they can both play in that front three positions.

“So it gives Klopp two more options without buying players for £40-50million.”

 

While its debatable whether or not Lallana has a valuable role to play within this Liverpool side, it’s undeniable that Chamberlain will be a key player for Jurgen Klopp this season.

Jurgen Klopp and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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The 25-year-old has looked sharp in pre-season and showcased his skills against Borussia Dortmund as he juggled the ball above two different players before turning them both and surging through the space he’d created in midfield.

The former Gunner is the ideal box to box midfielder for Klopp as he has the energy and physicality required to get the dirty work done in central areas and the pace and creativity necessary to provide a reliable supporting cast for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

He’s going to have to fight off competition from the likes of Naby Keita but if he’s in the form that he was in before he got injured last year, he’ll be at the front of the queue no doubt.

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