Ever since Jurgen Klopp declared that the club will only look for the right players in the transfer market and will not hesitate to spend big on the targets, players from literally every top league have been linked with the Reds in the last few months.
Now The Telegraph is ‘exclusively’ reporting that Jurgen Klopp wants Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to add to the ‘strong nucleus of English players’ at Liverpool and will not be deterred by Arsenal’s hefty valuation of £35m for the former Southampton man.
Interestingly, when the midfielder joined Arsenal for around £15m in 2011, Liverpool were also heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old but eventually, the player opted for his more favoured destination at that moment.
If the rumours are true then Liverpool’s big pool of English players could help the midfielder take a decision but is the Reds’ interest in Arsenal’s forgotten man justified?
Ever since the player joined Arsenal at the age of just 17, his career has been marred mostly by injuries. Oxlade-Chamberlain has started just 65 out of 228 Premier League games for the Gunners since joining them.
In fact, in a combined 153 Premier League and Champions League appearances for Arsenal, Chamberlain has scored just 13 goals and assisted 16 so far. The poor goal return may be due to the fact that the midfielder has been played in multiple positions throughout his Arsenal tenure by Arsene Wenger.
While there is no doubt about the Ox’s talents and versatility in midfield, a £35m valuation for an out of favour player whose playing time has mostly been limited by injuries sounds more than unreasonable.
With his decent work rate and exceptional technical ability, the Ox is very much a kind of player Klopp likes to have in his team. While Oxalade-Chamberlain could be a victim of poor man management at Arsenal, spending big on an injury prone player would be a big risk given the Reds’ bad experience with Daniel Sturridge.
If Liverpool can get the deal done for a considerably lesser amount, adding the Ox to the squad will only improve the Reds. The midfielder’s contract with Arsenal runs out in the summer of 2018.
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