It’s safe to say that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t often waste money at Liverpool, especially with his transfer record over the previous few years.
There has been a couple of transfer mishaps, however, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arguably one of Klopp’s worst signings in charge of the Reds, especially considering the size of the transfer fee and input on the pitch.
The Merseyside outfit signed Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal in 2017 for a £35m fee and was expected to form an integral part of the Liverpool midfield for years to come, considering he was just 24 when he joined.
The 5 foot 11 midfielder hasn’t exactly had the best of times recently, featuring just three times in the Premier League this season, averaging a SofaScore rating of only 6.5/10, and with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, it may well be his last at the club.
Indeed, with the winter break underway, Liverpool’s next league match is not until Boxing Day and Klopp could ensure that the 29-year-old doesn’t play for the club again by offloading him in January.
He has missed 90 games during his five-year spell at the club and this has been his biggest downfall, failing to maintain a constant place in the starting XI. The club will also stand to make a massive loss on him too, with the CIES Football Observatory valuing him at just €6m (£5m).
Producer Atul Kasbekar described Oxlade-Chamberlain as “either injured or woeful” back in January and it’s hard to disagree with that take.
With Klopp struggling to gain any consistency in his midfield this season, it was the ideal chance for the former England international to stake a claim and contribute. Yet again, injury problems ruined his chance and with the January window a mere six weeks away, his 15-minute cameo against Southampton may well be his last involvement in a Liverpool shirt.