May 11, 2017
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Liverpool round-up: Arsenal midfielder wants move; player of the year gives boost; Henderson injury update

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Liverpool have received a boost in their plans for the summer transfer window as the Daily Mail claim that Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is keen on a move to Anfield and would welcome the opportunity to work alongside Jurgen Klopp based on the German’s reputation for getting the best out of his players.

The former Southampton midfielder has grown frustrated at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger where he has struggled to find a settled position, but he would likely welcome Klopp’s approach of playing his players only in their best positions whenever possible, as has benefited the likes of Emre Can this season.

He could also complete with one of Liverpool’s star players, Sadio Mane. The Senegal international collected the club’s player of the year and players’ player of the year award at a ceremony on Tuesday night and provided an injury update afterwards as he told the club website:

“I’m getting better and I want to thank all of the physios for doing a great job – not just with me, they’re always doing a great job. Hopefully next week I will start running, jogging, so I’m happy and looking forward to it.”

Liverpool have looked a different side without the exciting and electrifying winger flying down the right flank and have struggled to create the same attacking threat, so his return in time for next season cannot come soon enough for the Reds who will hope to have him involved in a Champions League campaign.

Another player who could make a return from injury even sooner is captain Jordan Henderson as the Guardian quote Jurgen Klopp’s update on the midfielder, as he explained that there is still no set return date for Henderson’s ongoing foot problem as he said:

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“It is too early to say [the midfielder’s season is over]. Next season is the latest moment, of course, but anything can happen… Jordan can manage really well. It was the medical department that said he has to rest. We still have to wait, that is all. We have not made a final judgment for this season. We don’t know if he will back tomorrow in training or next week but because it is Jordan and he has a really high fitness level, even if it just swimming, we know we can think about him immediately when he is ready.”

Having already missed ten games since mid-February with the unknown problem and specialists have been unable to help resolve the issue, and he will be hoping to return for either of the remaining fixtures against West Ham or Middlesbrough as they hope to cement a top four place.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.