Manchester United legend Roy Keane has claimed Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s profession has stalled attributable to damage.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 28, joined Liverpool in August 2017 for £34.2 million from Arsenal, with Reds supervisor Jurgen Klopp eager on the midfielder’s versatility.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was beforehand a winger earlier than Klopp transformed him right into a central midfielder.
Regardless of a promising begin to life at Anfield, accidents quickly hampered his development underneath Klopp. He has seen his place within the squad taken by the likes of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara.
Keane touched on the England midfielder’s woes for Klopp’s facet. He advised ITV (by way of Daily Mirror):
“Damage issues. He (Oxlade-Chamberlain) is now, what 28? His profession has stalled during the last years. He has been left behind a bit bit. However a top quality participant.”
Since becoming a member of Liverpool, the midfielder has solely conjured up 232 appearances in simply over 4 years. He has scored 17 objectives and contributed 14 assists throughout that point.
Did Oxlade-Chamberlain make the incorrect resolution leaving Arsenal for Liverpool?
When Oxlade-Chamberlain declined a brand new £180,000 cope with the Gunners in 2017 many Arsenal followers had been in disbelief. This was a 23-year-old participant who had been developed by then-manager Arsene Wenger.
However Liverpool had been on the rise and Klopp’s pull, who was simply getting began at Anfield, was sufficient to show the Englishman’s head.
But the heights of Ox’s profession nonetheless come from his time on the Emirates, the place he performed an essential position within the latter years of Wenger’s reign.
For Arsenal, Ox scored 20 objectives and contributed 32 assists in 198 video games. There was a sense that if the participant might rid himself of health points then a future England winger was on the horizon.
However his transfer to Anfield noticed him instantly transformed into Klopp’s midfield and shortly accidents would have an effect on his development.
Arsenal followers might replicate on the England midfielder’s departure and deem it an excellent piece of enterprise. However on the time many had been dejected on the prospect of shedding an actual high rising expertise.
This was a former Southampton academy product who had rejected Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for a transfer to the Emirates in 2011. But right here he was becoming a member of yet one more Premier League rival, leaving what was a tough interval for the Gunners in additional want of restore.