Jurgen Klopp addressed concerns over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his Liverpool contract this week. The Englishman doesn’t have long left on his deal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is enjoying a wonderful period of form right now. In fact, it might be the best he’s played for the club and certainly since 2018.
It’s not really a coincidence that this is also his best run of fitness since 2018, however. Oxlade-Chamberlain is playing regularly for Liverpool and we think he looks great.
Jurgen Klopp agrees with that, too, saying this is the best the player has been for Liverpool. But there is an interesting twist to all of this.
Oxlade-Chamberlain enters the final 18 months of his contract next month. It means Liverpool will either consider selling him in the summer or risk losing him for nothing in 2023. Unless they offer him a new contract, of course.
So what’s Klopp’s take on it? He’s not worried – or even thinking about it – right now.
Klopp not worried about Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool contract
“I think it is a completely normal situation,” he said, per the Mirror. “It is about what makes sense for both sides in six or 18 months.
“But it is not important at all at the moment. In this moment what is important is how do you contribute when you play? That is the only thing.”
Klopp may not be thinking about it but Oxlade-Chamberlain will be. The next few months will dramatically influence his career.
It’s hard to judge what way things go, though. As it stands, the player is down the Liverpool pecking order. There are also young players like Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott who will be enormous rivals for roles over the next few years.
That makes it seem quite unlikely that Liverpool offer him a new deal. At the same time, with the way he’s playing, the Reds might not find a better alternative available to sign. A three or four-year contract could make sense, rather than losing Oxlade-Chamberlain and wanting a replacement.
The key, then, is whether Liverpool need a replacement. Both Elliott and Jones are attacking-minded midfielders like Oxlade-Chamberlain, so we’re not entirely sure the club would move for another one. Instead, losing Oxlade-Chamberlain could open up space for a more defence-minded player.
Some impressive form over the second-half of the season may only secure a bigger transfer elsewhere, then. It’s certainly one to watch, though. Oxlade-Chamberlain has been good enough that Liverpool will seriously consider extending his deal – and we wouldn’t have thought that six months ago.