Liverpool have announced the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a reported fee between 35-40m pounds. This came after the winger snubbed better offers from Chelsea and his own club Arsenal. Finally, the pulling power of Klopp is working its magic.
The midfielder has been promised a place either in centre midfield or on the wing for LFC but it remains to be seen whether he will oust one of the already established midfield players remains to be seen. A lot has been made about the injury problems that he has faced and the fact that he has not scored more than two goals in a single season. However, he has not been given a many starts for Arsenal and has never had a proper run in the team. He must have been given some assurances in terms of game time and with us playing twice a week now until December I think he will get some starts in a red shirt.
Rumours of Chamberlain coming to Anfield have been around since the end of last season but no bids were put in as it seemed that Arsenal did not want him to leave the club, despite the fact that he was entering into the last year of his contract. That has been a bit of a theme for Arsenal the last year or so, with Ozil and Sanchez in the same position.
A contract was offered to Oxlade-Chamberlain a week ago from Arsenal in the region of ÂŁ180k p/w which he rejected. Then fast forward to Monday this week where a deal between Arsenal and Chelsea was agreed but they could not agree personal terms. Chamberlain had his heart set on joining his boyhood club, despite the fact Liverpool were only offering a 120k p/w contract. This tells you two things: Liverpool are now an attractive prospect again for players with Jurgen Klopp being a huge pull for many and it also tells you an awful lot about Chamberlain and his character. He is not motivated by money, he is motived by a desire to play for Liverpool. That is the sort of player I want to pull on the red shirt.
For the first time in what seems like years, Liverpool have been able to win a transfer battle against over top teams. Even in the window after the we nearly won the league, we were still being beaten by the likes of Arsenal for the signatures of top players. Alexis Sanchez choosing Arsenal over Liverpool, Willian to Chelsea and Sigurdsson to Tottenham also spring to mind. There is a stark contrast between this window and the last summer window before a champions league campaign. Liverpool are in a much more stable position and that has a lot to do with Liverpool having Jurgen Klopp.
Article by Tom Culshaw