A few months back, Jurgen Klopp categorically denied that we were interested in Arsenal’s potentially superb midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“Usually I don’t say anything about transfer rumours, but I can make an exception, no problem,” he told the Echo in December.
“This is nonsense. From my side, there’s nothing else to say about it.”
But today, the Telegraph have exclusively claimed that the 23-year-old is ‘certain’ to depart in the summer, having become disillusioned with his contract situation and role at the Emirates.
He’s never been a regular under Arsene Wenger, which considering the fact he was starting for England at Euro 2012, is crazy.
The only club they name as a potential buyer is Liverpool. Not much business gets done between Arsenal and Liverpool – and none since their ridiculous £40m plus £1 bid for Luis Suarez in 2013 – but journalist Matt Law says our interest is genuine.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contact expires in 2018 and has given no indication that he’ll extend yet. Nor have Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and this summer could be a tumultuous one for the Gunners.
The Englishman can play on the wing or in central midfield, and while mighty talented, lacks consistency and suffers from injuries regularly.
Would we take him at Anfield? Probably. But we consider a potential deal pretty unlikely.