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Liverpool reportedly make surprise decision on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's immediate future

Liverpool have made a surprise decision on the future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports. The Englishman isn’t playing.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Liverpool don’t expect any midfielders to leave the club this summer, meaning the Reds will hold onto Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The midfielder’s current contract expires in 2023, making this the last summer that Liverpool can sell him. They’d risk losing him for nothing in a year’s time if there’s no exit before then.

And that would be a surprise. Oxlade-Chamberlain has barely featured in 2022 – or at least, since January. He’s only played one Premier League game since the end of the transfer window and that was 62 minutes against Norwich.

Jurgen Klopp has openly talked about his omission from the team, saying he was in ‘unbelievable’ shape but just wasn’t playing. That kind of role in the squad doesn’t usually mean a long-term stay.

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The other surprising thing here is that this stance comes in an article about Liverpool trying – and failing – to sign Aurélien Tchouaméni. That suggests the Reds want to sign a midfielder this summer without losing anyone.

And we find that strange. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Harvey Elliott already struggle for minutes as Liverpool boast so many midfield options. Signing someone else only limits opportunities further.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain had nine Premier League starts to his name this season. That was with absences for the Africa Cup of Nations, too – absences that won’t be there next season. Will he even manage that many next season? How about if someone else arrives?

So we find this one strange. It’s surely in both Liverpool and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best interests to find a transfer this summer. Apparently, though, that isn’t going to happen.

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