Liverpool make their move for Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Liverpool are in talks with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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After Arsenal agreed a fee of $45 million with Chelsea on Tuesday for the 24-year-old it appears that the Ox prefers a move to Liverpool over Chelsea.

That has led Liverpool to step up their interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain and multiple reports state Jurgen Klopp‘s side have reached out to speak with the Gunners about agreeing a fee for the England international.

It is believe the Ox would prefer to play at Liverpool as they plan to use him in his preferred central role instead of at wing-back where Chelsea wanted him to play.

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As Nick Mendola pointed out late on Tuesday, the Ox may struggle to play in midfield at Liverpool with Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana around.

That said, his versatility is a huge bonus for any manager with the Ox available to play at wing back, as an attacking winger or a central midfield player.

The fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain has selected Liverpool over Chelsea also seems to suggest that he fancies his chances of becoming a regular in Klopp’s side over Antonio Conte‘s midfield and he believes he can improve as a player under the German manager at Anfield.

However, with Naby Keita on the way next season for a club-record deal, plus the possibility of Philippe Coutinho sticking around, will Oxlade-Chamberlain really be better off for game time moving to Liverpool ahead of joining Chelsea or staying at Arsenal?

Only time will tell, but with the UEFA Champions League, Premier League and cup competitions, he will surely get plenty of time to impress this season.