Done Deal: Liverpool confirm signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on their club website, making it the first major deal of deadline day in the 2017 summer transfer window. Liverpool beat off competition from Chelsea, according to BBC Sport, to sign him.
Who is he?
The 23-year-old England international is well known to Premier League fans having come through the ranks of Southampton before joining Arsenal in 2011. Since then, he has shown himself to be a versatile midfield option for the Gunners before leaving to join Liverpool.
What’s the deal?
The Liverpool Echo say that the deal will cost Liverpool £35 million, a large fee considering he was in the final 10 months of his contract at Arsenal. The midfielder has put pen to paper on a five year deal at Anfield, earning a reported £120,000 per week.
What’s his style of play?
A key attribute of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s game is his versatility. He is capable of playing as an attacking winger, a wing-back or in central midfield, where he is expected to feature most regularly for the Reds.
His high pressing style and good work rate will also appeal to Jurgen Klopp, with his explosive style and dribbling bound to excite Liverpool fans when they get to see him in a red shirt.
What will his arrival mean for Liverpool?
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s arrival is a statement signing which will add real quality in depth to their midfield. He will likely compete with Adam Lallana for the more advanced role in the Liverpool midfield three, though that may not be a good sign regarding their move for Thomas Lemar or their hopes of retaining Philippe Coutinho this summer.
What’s the reaction?
Oxlade-Chamberlain discussed his signing with the club website, though he was clearly still focused on the task at hand as England face Malta on Friday night with the new signing in contention to start. He said:
“I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park. Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help. I’m not going to say too much today; I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood.”
Jurgen Klopp also discussed the signing and was clearly delighted to have got his man. Having monitored the midfielder since 2014, he now has him in his squad. Klopp also told the club website:
“I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed. Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic. I remember the first time I saw him play live – it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact… Since then I have followed him and when I heard it may be possible to sign him I didn’t need to think twice… He is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen.”
Liverpool fans have also reacted positively, with many excited at the addition of a young English talent.
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