Former Arsenal star Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a five-year contract to join Liverpool FC, the club he supported as a boy, having rejected the chance to move to Chelsea.
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp could yet make further signings before tonight’s transfer deadline, as they continue to hold talks with Monaco in an attempt to secure a £75m deal for French forward Lemar.
They have not given up hope either of signing Van Dijk, though they acknowledge that it would take a significant shift in Southampton’s stance for the £70m-valued centre-back to move to Anfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had a Liverpool medical last night at St George’s Park, where he has been with the England squad preparing for tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Malta.
Speaking for the first time since sealing the move, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park.“Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.“I’m not going to say too much today; I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them, but I can’t wait to get to Melwood.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he’s watched the player for years and said: “I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed. Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic.“I remember the first time I saw him play live – it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact.“He stood out immediately because of his pace and skills and his attitude in such a big game for a young player; I remember him chasing back to make a brilliant challenge on Mkhitaryan in the box to save a certain goal.