Despite reports circulating in the last 24 hours around Liverpool making a move for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been quick to pour cold water over any such rumours.
The Englishman has found playing time difficult to come by once again this term, playing a full 90 minutes on just three occasions this season so talk of a move elsewhere was bound to surface at some stage.
However, if the 23-year-old is to move on it doesn’t appear as though it will be Liverpool he will be going to with Klopp adamant there is no interest on his part.
“I don’t usually say anything about transfer rumours but I can make an exception. Nonsense,” he is quoted as saying in RTÉ Sport.
“This kind of thing I think a lot about but I say nothing because it is really not interesting what I think about this.
“You (the media) are already on a path so do with it what you want but from our side nothing else to say about it.”
With Klopp being more than clear about his position on the player, questions will now be asked of where the young England international should in fact go, if at all.
While remaining at Arsenal is the most obvious choice for the winger, a move to pastures new should be considered for the betterment of his career.
Too often have we seen players unwilling to take a step backwards to the detriment of their entire future career. Chamberlain has the most blatant example – Theo Walcott – on the very same team as him.
Moving onto Liverpool would have been a great way for the Arsenal man to stay at a top level club and continue his development. With that option now clearly out the window he should look at some other destinations, for the sake of his future in the game.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena