Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had admitted it wasn’t an easy decision to leave Arsenal, but moving to Liverpool on deadline day was the only feasible option, with Jurgen Klopp being instrumental in his decision.
The England international joined Arsenal at 18-years-old after coming through the youth ranks at St Mary’s. He has played for the North London side for six years making 198 first team appearances, scored 20 goals and won three FA Cup and Community Shield titles.
“The first thing was the tough decision to leave Arsenal. That was the only thing that was really tough for me and the deliberation but Liverpool was the only option for me in terms of where I thought I would be playing,” he told Sky Sports.
“The team and the feel of the whole football club in general just sat right with me. I think there are really exciting things to come here and especially with this manager so I felt it was right for me to push to be a part of that. I’m delighted that I finally got the opportunity to.”
The 24-year-old took a pay cut to sign to the Reds for a fee of £40 million, after Arsenal agreed the same figure with Chelsea earlier on in the transfer window. The penned five-year-deal at Anfield worth around £120,000-a-week takes him to 2022.
Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City on Saturday as the premier league returns after the international break, but we will have to wait and see if Oxlade will make it into the starting XI in tomorrow’s game.
It might not be easy gaining a first-team spot after making no secret of his desire to establish himself as a central midfielder at Anfield, as Klopp’s club already possesses an abundance of midfield options and the wide berths are competitive, too.