What’s next for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Liverpool midfielder clarifies his transfer position – fr

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What’s next for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Liverpool midfielder clarifies his transfer position – fr


In addition to a major boost to Liverpool’s top four prospects, Wednesday’s victory over Burnley at Turf Moor was a timely reminder of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s worth.
Coming off the bench late, the Englishman scored his first goal of the season – a first, in fact, since the 5-3 win over Chelsea last July before the Premier League title was awarded.

His last strike was arguably the more important of the two given the implications around the goal difference going into the last day of this campaign.

You also wonder if this might have an impact on Jurgen Klopp’s thinking ahead of a summer transfer window that offers so little certainty.

Two years away from his contract, Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of a group of players for whom respectable offers would no doubt be considered.

European hopefuls West Ham United have recently been linked with a £ 20million move that makes too much sense to dismiss as pure speculation.

But to say that Liverpool would not reject such an approach out of hand is not to put the player in the same category as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, whose departure this summer seems inevitable as they seek more playing time.

Oxlade-Chamberlain also shouldn’t be confused with Naby Keita, whose Anfield career has taken another frustrating turn due to injury.

Barring a recent brief illness, the midfielder has still been available since returning from a knee problem in December.

But that hasn’t translated over time on the pitch, as evidenced by the fact that he appeared in just 28 minutes in Liverpool’s last 10 games.

Still, Klopp’s reluctance to use his most forward-thinking midfielder makes more sense in the context of his team’s precarious position in the top four.

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For the German, finding consistency this season has been a bit like trying to pick up some smoke, and it’s no coincidence that the recent improvement in results came at a time when his starting XI was over. stable than ever.

We also understand why he was less inclined to use a player who is often asked to give up his post to complete the attacks when everything behind the midfielder remains so fragile.

Despite this, Klopp knows that Oxlade-Chamberlain has a lot of credit in the bank beyond that oft-revisited goal against Manchester City in the Champions League.

It often goes under the radar that the 27-year-old has been the leading scorer behind famous leaders Liverpool in a season which has seen the Premier League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup won.

Plus, half of his eight goals were either openers or winners – real contributions to the success that followed.

Of course, that’s not to say that Oxlade-Chamberlain is sure to become a key man next season just because he ended a 10-month drought at a convenient time.




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But, as he illustrated in an interview with the club’s official website this week, his summer won’t be characterized by a desperate search for a move elsewhere.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of this team and to play for this football club, and that’s what I absolutely want to do.

“That’s all I really focus on, trying to make sure I work as hard as I can for the boys and keep training well, keep giving the manager decisions to make.”

And with Liverpool in no rush to move the midfielder, it is entirely possible that his Anfield story will continue beyond this season’s conclusion.

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