Liverpool are braced for West Ham to make a bid to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on loan with Jurgen Klopp open to the midfielder leaving Anfield this summer, per the Express.
Klopp is striving to revamp the ranks on Merseyside to move the Reds back into Premier League title contention. Liverpool saw their defence end in May when Manchester City opened a 10-point lead over second-placed Manchester United with three games spare.
The Citizens would end the 2020/21 campaign 12-points clear of the Red Devils, while Liverpool clinched third-place on the final day. Klopp’s men were 17-points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s to finish third, however, despite winning each of their last five fixtures.
Klopp could now sacrifice Oxlade-Chamberlain to strengthen Liverpool, with West Ham a potential destination. Irons boss David Moyes is making his own changes at the London Stadium and admires what the £120,000-per-week dynamo can offer.
West Ham would target a loan transfer for Oxlade-Chamberlain should Moyes decide to raid Liverpool. The Hammers are currently in talks with West Brom over a £25m deal for Matheus Pereira, as the Brazilian is their top target to replace former loanee Jesse Lingard.
This is not the first time that reports have linked Oxlade-Chamberlain with a move away from Liverpool this summer, either. The Sunday World claimed in March that the Reds are willing to sell their £35m signing after an injury-plagued season.
The former Arsenal winger-turned-central midfielder started just two of his 13 Premier League appearances for Liverpool last season. He also featured in only three Champions League ties after missing the entire group stage with a knee injury.
Liverpool would lose a ‘difference-maker’ with Oxlade-Chamberlain joining West Ham
Liverpool would face a big decision over Oxlade-Chamberlain if West Ham only request the Portsmouth-born playmaker on loan. The 35-cap former England international only has two years left on his contract and may be worth less in 12-months’ time after a poor loan spell.
That would also be the case if he remained at Anfield but faced as little game time as last term. So, Klopp must decide if he is willing to play Oxlade-Chamberlain more often or chase a payday this summer.
Doing so would see Liverpool lose a player Klopp previously lauded for changing games. He told The Guardian: “He is a difference-maker, you can see that. The speed, the technique, the combination of right foot, left foot; he can play different positions, score goals.”