Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has endured a difficult spell at Liverpool since returning from injury, but it would appear the Anfield club won’t be looking to part ways with the England international this summer.
The 28-year-old is currently on his holidays and has recently announcement his engagement to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, but it would appear the pair won’t be hunting for a new home just yet.
According to The Liverpool Echo, Jürgen Klopp’s preference is to keep hold of Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.
The former Arsenal man has been linked to Manchester United and West Ham in recent weeks.
With his contract out next summer, many expected Liverpool to cash in.
However, after their significant outlay on £85 million man Darwin Nuñez, the Reds’ pursuit of a new midfielder has been put on hold until next summer.
As such, Liverpool want to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain around for a little while yet, and appear to be prepared to lose him for nothing next summer.
This gives Oxlade-Chamberlain one more chance to prove his worth to Jürgen Klopp.
The Englishman was excellent during his first season at Anfield, and it appeared certain he’d start for England at the 2018 World Cup.
However, his injury prior to the tournament has significantly curtailed his development.
A new club could have done him some good, but Jürgen Klopp may feel he can get the best out of Oxlade-Chamberlain with the Englishman’s Liverpool future on the line.
Developments regarding Takumi Minamino have also likely impacted this transfer decision.
The Japan international is set to join Monaco for £17 million, leaving Liverpool a tad thin on the ground in the middle of the park.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s versatility will also be of use next season.
Divock Origi has departed this summer, and while Fabio Carvalho will look to be Jürgen Klopp’s go to fallback option in forward areas, Oxlade-Chamberlain will provide extra insurance if Carvalho fails to acclimatise to the demands of the Premier League.
Oxlade-Chamberlain thus won’t be getting his move away from Liverpool this summer.
Next on the agenda for him will be to try to earn a new contract.
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