Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must ruthlessly axe £16m-rated Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from his squad and look for a replacement in the summer.
Whilst the 28-year-old midfielder has been a sound squad player during his time at the Reds, the club should try to get rid of him and save on his £125k-per-week wages.
Recent reports have suggested that Klopp is looking to bring in a ‘top-class’ midfielder in the summer and this may remove the need for Oxlade-Chamberlain altogether.
Should Liverpool sell the Ox?
He has appeared 17 times this season for Liverpool but that’s likely due to injuries to players who would usually start ahead of him such as Thiago who has missed 23 games this campaign due to various problems.
End of the road
The English midfielder averages 1.95 passes that lead to a shot attempt per 90 minutes which isn’t awful, but when you’re playing for a team who’s fighting for the title you need to produce higher numbers.
When you compare his performances to the midfielders he is competing for a spot with, he comes out worst.
Earlier in his career he didn’t play as a midfielder, so he can be versatile. Indeed he was dubbed the “next James Milner” by reporter Raj Chohan and recently Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher suggested that the club should move him into the right-back position to cover for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
If he’s to reignite his career on Merseyside he may just have to settle for that, or he could find more game time elsewhere.
Although he doesn’t look like someone who’s going to give up soon as recent reports said that he was offered the chance to leave Liverpool in January but that he decided to stay.
If that’s the case then it’s hard to see why, he’s still got some of his best years left so surely you would want to spend that at a club where you are playing week in and week out.
It appears Oxlade-Chamberlain feels he is good enough to be playing regularly for the Reds, his reaction was one of frustration when he was recently substituted during Liverpool’s FA quarter-final win against Nottingham Forest.
Even if he doesn’t move this summer, his contract expires in 2023, and as things stand he hasn’t done enough to merit a new one. Having cost FSG the best part of £60m when you combine his transfer fee and salary, it’s time for him to be axed from the squad.
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