It was a bit of a surprise when Liverpool signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last summer, with the Englishman seemingly not a particularly natural fit at Anfield and given that he was coming off a mixed run of form. However, his move proved to be quite a stroke of genius from the German – as the Ox, as he is known, flourished.
Playing primarily through the middle as an attacking central midfielder, the Englishman exited Arsenal after several years of mediocrity and stagnation, and his time under Klopp has, so far, been the making of him.
For the Reds, then, another move for an Arsenal regular makes sense, and given the circumstances surrounding Aaron Ramsey, the Welshman could be an ideal acquisition. According to the Evening Standard, he’s refusing to sign a new contract at Arsenal without a significant salary bump, and whilst Liverpool may be unwilling to match his demands, the prospect of silverware could be enough to tempt him.
Certainly, the Welshman – who is rated at £40.5 million by Transfer Markt – would be a brilliant fit at Anfield.
He’s a tremendously technically gifted player, offering bags of energy and pace through the middle all the while. Fantastic on the ball, he’s turned into a brilliant passer under Arsene Wenger and now Unai Emery, and he’s arguably been the engine in the heart of the Arsenal squad over the last few years. His energy and drive would align well with Jurgen Klopp, with his high-pressing and energy-based style allowing Ramsey to make the most out of his natural talents.
Fairly similarly to Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey has been inconsistent in an Arsenal shirt, and in the case of the former, that’s something that Jurgen Klopp was able to shift out of his game. He could, then, have a similar impact on Ramsey, given the German’s natural ability to improve players and take them to the next level. On first glance, Oxlade-Chamberlain likely wouldn’t have got into the Liverpool team, but now, a year later, he undeniably would if fit. In Ramsey, then, perhaps Klopp could have a similar influence.
The good news for Liverpool is that the Welsh midfielder is a few steps ahead of his former teammate as far as development is concerned, and so the rewards could be hugely significant for the Reds. His contractual situation could mean that he’s available on a free at the end of the season, or a reduced price in January, and so this opportunity, if it presents itself, could come with little risk for the club.
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