Report: Liverpool could still sell an 'unbelievable' £35m player despite claims he was going to stay
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Report: Liverpool could still sell an 'unbelievable' £35m player despite claims he was going to stay

Liverpool could still sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports. That’s despite initial reports claiming they wouldn’t.

This comes from the Telegraph. They claim that Liverpool remain open to selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but don’t actually expect him to leave.

This comes as Takumi Minamino became the third first-team departure at Anfield. He joins AS Monaco for around £15m, following Divock Origi and Sadio Mané out the exit door. The Reds only believe there will be one more to go – Neco Williams.

But they remain open to the idea of Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving the club. It would take a sizeable offer to convince them, though he appears to be the only player Liverpool are considering a transfer for.

This goes against reports that said Minamino’s exit would lead to Oxlade-Chamberlain definitely saying that. Goal are one of those who made that claim – but far from the only one.

Liverpool could still sell Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain now has a strange spot in the Liverpool squad. He barely featured in 2022, sitting on the bench every week after January. At the same time, Minamino, Mané and Origi leaving opens up spot for him.

Because the strength of Oxlade-Chamberlain is that he covers midfield and attack – we’ve even seen him play as a False 9. It’s entirely understandable that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to lose that, even with the player’s contract expiring next year.

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We entirely buy the Telegraphs reports as a result. Liverpool almost certainly aren’t seeking a sale but for the right offer? Why wouldn’t you let go of a player who doesn’t command a starting role?

Oxlade-Chamberlain can contribute next season, though, should he stay. As Adam Lallana said, he’s been ‘unbelievable’ at times and some of his performances in 2021/22 were fantastic.

If we had to guess, Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay at Anfield and leave on a free next year. His injury record makes it unrealistic that teams will pay a decent fee with one year left on his contract and it sounds as though Liverpool would prefer to keep him than sell cheap.

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