Liverpool has been quite active on the transfer market this week, agreeing to terms with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig for midfielder Naby Keita on Tuesday. However, with Keita not due to arrive at Anfield until next summer, manager Jürgen Klopp had to look elsewhere for a midfield option.
Klopp and Liverpool have reportedly found a player in the Premier League, with BBC Sport reporting that the club has agreed to pay Arsenal 40 million pounds ($51.7 million) in exchange for midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
While Oxlade-Chamberlain showed signs of being the promising talent many expected him to be when he made his debut for Arsenal in 2011, he struggled to do so on a consistent basis under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s progress during the 2015-16 season was put on hold by a knee injury suffered in a Champions League match against Barcelona. In his time at Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain accounted for a total of 20 goals and 32 assists in 198 appearances across all competitions.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was used in a wingback role for Arsenal’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, with Wenger choosing to play three on the back line. Having turned 24 years old earlier this month, Oxlade-Chamberlain an also made 27 appearances for England’s national team and is part of the squad for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.
Oxlade-Chamberlain began his professional career at Southampton, appearing in two League One matches during the 2009-10 season. The following season he would tally 10 goals in 34 appearances for the club, which piqued the interest of Arsenal. A physical player who was nicknamed “The Ox,” Oxlade-Chamberlain joins a Liverpool side that doesn’t lack for talent in the midfield.
Among those on the roster are Philippe Coutinho, who the club has refused to sell despite interest from Barcelona, Emre Can and Jordan Henderson. And with the likes of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah up front, Klopp doesn’t lack for options when putting together his lineups.