Liverpool given boost in pursuit of £28m midfield dynamo

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Transfers - 10:05 Aug 8th 2017

It has not been a good few days for Liverpool and their supporters with Adam Lallana picking up a thigh injury that is set to rule him out for the first couple of months of the season and speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho’s future continuing to intensify.

Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke may well all prove to be useful additions to the squad, but the Reds require further reinforcements if they are to improve upon what they achieved in 2016/17.

According to the Liverpool Echo, one of those could well be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the England international reported to have liked a post on social media suggesting that he would be moving to Anfield for a fee of £28m.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

Arsene Wenger has already come out and admitted that his squad is too large, so the offer of this sort of money for a player who is in the final year of his contract could prove too tempting for Arsenal to turn down.

Although the former Southampton man has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot during his time in North London, he has still clocked up more than 125 Premier League appearances:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
POS: MIDAGE: 23Y 11M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 11ST 0LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
11/12
Arsenal
16
2
2
12/13
Arsenal
25
5
1
13/14
Arsenal
14
2
2
14/15
Arsenal
23
1
1
15/16
Arsenal
21
1
16/17
Arsenal
29
7
2
TOTAL
128
17
9

Not only that, but the 23-year-old is clearly still improving if last season is anything to go by, with his direct involvement in nine top-flight goals representing a new high.

Able to run all day, Oxlade-Chamberlain has perhaps been a victim of his own versatility during his time with the Gunners, spending time on both flanks, in central midfield and, more recently, as a wing-back:

Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain
versusGeorginio
Wijnaldum
MIDPOSITIONMID
23Y 11MAGE26Y 8M
5FT 11INHEIGHT5FT 9IN
11ST 0LBWEIGHT10ST 0LB
 
PL | ARS | | LIV | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
16
STARTS
33
1652
MINS
PLAYED
2978
2
GOALS
6
7
ASSISTS
9
OPENING
GOALS
2
WINNING
GOALS
2
1
HOME
GOALS
6
1
AWAY
GOALS
HEADED
GOALS
2
R
2
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
1
R
3
826
MINS
PER GOAL
496
1
TOTAL
10

Had he started as many Premier League games as Georginio Wijnaldum in 2016/17, then the Arsenal player may well have put up slightly better numbers going forward, and it is easy to see him fitting perfectly into Jürgen Klopp’s system.

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