Liverpool should consider a move for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek after revealing that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the entire season with a knee injury.
The Merseyside outfit have known since April, but manager Jurgen Klopp let it out publicly on Wednesday that Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to play again until this time next year.
The midfielder suffered ligament damage against Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League, which resulted in him missing the remainder of the season, as well as England’s World Cup campaign.
Due to the fact that Liverpool were already aware of the extent of the problem, they may not have thought that signing a replacement was necessary, but they should not dismiss the idea entirely.
In fact, Loftus-Cheek could be the ideal stand-in following his recent positive performances for England in Russia.
Loftus-Cheek and Oxlade-Chamberlain have similar attributes, but plenty of differences also.
The former Arsenal star has spent the majority of his career on the wing, but at Liverpool he was given more freedom in midfield.
Loftus-Cheek – valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt – has not quite established his best position just yet as he can play centrally, deeper or as a number 10.
The 22-year-old has the admirable quality of having strength on the ball, but also decent technical ability.
Given that he has struggled to make a name for himself at Chelsea, the West London outfit may be open to striking a loan deal.
Such a scenario would no doubt be welcomed by Liverpool as they secure some quality cover without having to pay a mammoth fee.
Whether an agreement is realistic remains to be seen, but it is certainly an avenue worth exploring.