With just one year remaining on his contract, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future has been widely discussed and there have been mixed reports as to his plans for 2022/23.
The 28-year-old found regular playing time for Jurgen Klopp hard to come by, amassing just 1,511 minutes last season.
Despite being back in top form, Oxlade-Chamberlain was easily overlooked and didn’t feature for Liverpool following the FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest in March.
It left the feeling that a move would be firmly on the cards this summer rather than waiting another year to see his existing contract.
Interest has been reported for his services, including West Ham, as Liverpool have reportedly given the go-ahead for a transfer this summer, with £10million enough to clinch a deal.
But the Echo then reported that ‘Anfield insiders’ say there are ‘currently no plans to sell’ in the current window as it ‘remains part of Liverpool’s plans’.
If that boost isn’t enough, Athletic’s James Pearce has now said that “Liverpool won’t stand in their way if the right opportunity presents itself”, reiterating the £10million valuation.
It’s a stance you think is genuine and in line with Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy of not preventing players from fulfilling their wishes, but he won’t be in a bad mood if Oxlade-Chamberlain stays.
The 28-year-old played 29 times last season and will know he could find more playing time elsewhere in the Premier League, but stepping away from this Liverpool side is a tough decision in itself.
The reintroduction of the five-substitute rule in the Premier League could help with his minutes at Anfield but there are no guarantees.
The feeling then is that it doesn’t seem urgent to make any concrete decisions at the moment with the right club and the right deal having to come to the table first for Oxlade-Chamberlain.