Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has expressed his surprise that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Ox has returned to prominence over recent weeks, starting each of the Reds last four Premier League games. But speaking to Off The Ball, Lawrenson suggested that plenty of Liverpool fans wouldn’t mind if the 29-year-old were sold this month.
“Who else does he [Klopp] bring in [to the midfield]?” queried the pundit. “Ox is playing at the moment and I think most people would have looked at the Ox at the start of the season and thought ‘this will be his last season at Liverpool.’ Maybe even he might have gone in this transfer window, because I’m afraid he’s just off it.”
With his contract up at the end of the campaign, it looks near-certain that this will be Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Liverpool swansong. There’s no chance he’ll leave the club this month though, surely.
Ox looking for last hurrah at Liverpool
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a funny old Liverpool career. Although he was actually a pretty big part of the Reds title-winning side of 2019/20, he’s always somehow felt on the periphery of things.
It wasn’t always that way of course. Back in his first season at Anfield he was looking like being another inspired signing from Klopp.
Re-invented as a box-to-box midfielder, the £35m Liverpool paid Arsenal for him was looking like good business.
Then, as we all know, came the injury. It can’t be stated enough just what an impact that night against Roma had on Oxlade-Chamberlain as a player.
Before then, he was flying. Having cemented his place in the team, he was starting a Champions League semi-final.
But after missing almost a year, things just haven’t been the same for Ox since. Such was his experience up to that point, it’s hard to believe that he was only twenty-four when he moved to Liverpool.
Had he stayed fit throughout, he could have been the midfielder that Klopp has desperately needed over the last two years.
As it is, he looks set to depart for nothing this summer. Still, as he showed a couple of weeks ago with a goal at Brentford, he is still able to contribute. With Liverpool still gunning for two trophies this season, he could yet make a decisive contribution.