Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has just 18 months left on his Liverpool contract and it is possible that ex-Arsenal midfielder will leave Anfield despite finding a new level of maturity
Jurgen Klopp believes Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s newfound maturity has taken his game to a whole new level.
But even though the Liverpool manager says the midfielder is producing the most convincing form of his Anfield career, he accepts he could LOSE the 28-year-old as his contract counts down.
Oxlade-Chamberlain only has 18 months left on his contract with the Reds, and Klopp said: “I think this is a completely normal situation… this is what makes sense for the Reds. two games in six or 18 months.
“But that’s not at all important right now. Right now what’s important is how do you contribute when you’re playing? That’s the only thing.
Chris Brunskill / Fantasista / Getty Images)
The contribution of the English midfielder in recent weeks has been immense. He worked his way into Klopp’s regular starting lineup… and seriously impressed the manager with his development.
“It’s about the best Oxlade since I’ve been here. I know he’s been more spectacular in the (past) moments, scoring against City and very good goals, but it’s a completely new quality, ”he said.
“Calm things down, know when to sprint with the ball, when to shoot. Getting involved in all the different things on the pitch is a huge milestone and I’m really happy with Ox right now and hope he (stays) that way.
The midfielder impressed against Milan at San Siro and then again in back-to-back Premier League wins against Villa and Newcastle.
This prompted Klopp to claim that his form was even better than in 2018, when he was spectacular in the Champions League … before a serious semi-final injury against Roma kept him from playing for a whole year.
In fact, insignificant injuries have meant his career has since been cut short, leaving his contract to expire as Liverpool now face a serious dilemma over their future.
If he doesn’t agree to a new deal quickly, the Reds could be forced to withdraw money over the summer or lose it for free within 12 months. Yet Klopp is absolutely not troubled by this situation.
Divock Origi is another player on the squad who has taken sensational form in recent weeks, and he only has SIX months left on his contract. Still, Klopp says BOTH players can go if it’s best for their careers.
“It’s not just the two players you mention. We won’t stay together forever. It’s like that, ”he said.
“If someone wants to go somewhere else, we have to find a solution. If we want to find someone from another club, we have to find a solution for that.
“But that has nothing to do with now – and I don’t expect players to come, in case other players can’t play.
“It’s about how you play now and then you’re in the starting lineup – if your contract expires in two days, four months, or five years, it makes absolutely no difference.”
Both could play for Spurs if the game continues, as Liverpool face two games in three days after Thursday night’s win, and Klopp added: “They are important not because they are happy when they are not playing , but because they can really contribute when they start or when they come in and that’s why they’re Liverpool players. “