Journalist Pete O’Rourke has suggested that Liverpool could be willing to cash in on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.
The lowdown: Uncertain future
Previously a major part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans prior to wretched injury luck which started with a lengthy layoff due to a cruciate ligament tear in 2018, the 28-year-old has struggled to hold down a place in the Reds’ starting XI for some time now.
The England international – who is currently sidelined due to a hamstring issue picked up in pre-season against Crystal Palace – has been the subject of reported interest from Aston Villa, West Ham and bitter rivals Manchester United during the ongoing transfer window.
However, despite his current contract expiring at the end of the upcoming season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has previously been expected to remain at Anfield for the 2022/23 campaign – a stance which could still change should suitable bids be forthcoming, according to one well-informed course…
The latest: ‘If the right offer was made’
The journalist said: “If the right offer was made for him, I think Liverpool will consider cashing in on Oxlade-Chamberlain, but it does seem like his injury problems might prevent clubs from making moves for him.”
The verdict: Replacement needed
Although the summer business is expected to be over for Julian Ward and Jurgen Klopp, if Oxlade-Chamberlain were to leave, a replacement would then need to be lined up in order to keep the midfield department adequately stocked.
Last season, the versatile former Arsenal man – who had been renowned for his lightning pace in his early career – scored three times and provided three assists in 29 appearances across all competitions for the Anfield outfit, but he only completed 90 minutes on five occasions.
After links to Sporting Lisbon gem Matheus Nunes were dismissed out of hand this week, there is seemingly no sign of instant arrivals on Merseyside, leading to the conclusion that the Reds would be eager to retain the £14.4m-valued midfielder, who was once described by Klopp as a ‘very valuable’ member of the ranks.
However, particularly in a World Cup year and in a fast-moving market, things can change quickly. Should Oxlade-Chamberlain decide that what is likely to be a bit-part role behind Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Thiago, Curtis Jones, James Milner and Harvey Elliott isn’t for him, there could well be movement between now and September 1.
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