Jurgen Klopp won’t sanction an exit for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports. The midfielder is now set to stay at Liverpool.
This comes from the Mirror. They claim that Jurgen Klopp won’t sanction an exit for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.
There are a few moving parts here and it’s actually a fairly complicated decision – as far as transfers go, anyway. The primary reason Klopp doesn’t want Liverpool selling Oxlade-Chamberlain is that Takumi Minamino will likely depart.
That could leave the squad a little short on options, it seems, especially with Sadio Mané leaving for Bayern Munich. Thus Klopp isn’t quite ready to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain.
But that may come at a big price. His contract expires in 2023 and if Liverpool don’t sell now, they’ll almost certainly lose him for free next summer. And this for a player that Klopp doesn’t actually use all that much.
The boss even talked openly about ‘hating’ how he didn’t play Oxlade-Chamberlain during the season. We figured that opened the door pretty wide for an exit.
Klopp blocks Oxlade-Chamberlain exit
Funnily enough, we wrote just this week that Liverpool should reconsider selling Oxlade-Chamberlain. His experience could actually end up playing a big part next season.
Especially as we believe this will be a bigger year for attacking midfielders at Anfield. Darwin Nunez is more of a traditional no.9, meaning the Reds won’t have a False 9 dropping deep link midfield and attack. The midfield will likely need to do that themselves – and Oxlade-Chamberlain is excellent at it.
He’s also now decent cover for Mohamed Salah on the right flank, especially if Minamino leaves. All in all, Klopp is likely making the right choice here.
Even just one more year of Oxlade-Chamberlain is worth more than any potential fee this summer. He’s a ‘quality’ player, in the words of Roy Keane – his career has just stalled a bit. Keeping him around simply sounds sensible.