Liverpool seem to go be going through a phase of transition now. After winning the Champions League and the Premier League, they are now struggling to finish in the top four. Though injuries have played their part, some players haven’t played at the level they have previously shown.
Klopp is likely to clear the deadwood to bring in new recruits or he will promote young players from the academy. By selling players from the current squad the Reds will be able to generate some funds to bring new players to Anfield. According to Fichajes.net, Borussia Dortmund have expressed interest in a Liverpool midfielder.
Dortmund want Liverpool midfielder in Bundesliga:
The report has stated that the BVB are interested in signing Alex Oxlade Chamberlain from the Reds. The Englishman joined Liverpool in 2017 and he impressed in his debut season. However, in the subsequent season, he was out injured for long. Since then he has struggled to find form and fitness.
Even when he is available, Klopp has preferred youngster Curtis Jones over the former Arsenal man. This season he has made just 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring zero goals and only providing one assist.
Chamberlain’s and Liverpool’s stance:
If this report from Fichajes is believed to be true then, the Englishman is said to be keen on leaving Anfield. He wants to reignite his career as the 2022 World Cup approaches. He is unlikely to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s Euros squad. Also in recent years, the likes of Mount, Foden, Saka, and other young players have emerged as well.
However, it is still not clear whether he would prefer to join Dortmund or not. This season like the Reds, Dortmund are also in danger of missing out on Champions League football. Currently, they are fifth in the table with 55 points, just one point behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Reds are also open to selling him next summer. Chamberlain’s contract expires in 2023 and Liverpool are willing to sell him for $20 million. Though no other team has so far expressed interest in him apart from the Germans.
Potential destinations for the Ox:
Perhaps a move to Leicester City should make all the parties happy. He will have a better chance of making the world cup squad if he plays in the Premier League. The Foxes are in a very good position to qualify for the Champions League. Not only this, a player like Chamberlian can add valuable experience to the team.
Inter Milan could also be a potential destination for him. Antonio Conte wanted to sign him for Chelsea during his time in England. Currently, the Italian is managing Inter Milan and he has just won the Serie A with them. He will have more funds for next season and with Chamberlain available for a low price, the Nerrazuri could swoop in.
Potential replacements for Ox at Liverpool:
If the former Southampton youngster leaves the club, Klopp will have bring a new midfielder to replace him. Pedro Gonçalves of Sporting Lisbon could be a potential replacement. We could compare Chamberlain’s 2017/18 season which was his best season with the Reds with Goncalve’s present one.
The Englishman’s XG for that season was 2.39, he scored 3 goals. Goncalves XG this season was 7 and he has already scored 17 goals. Chamberlain’s XA was 4.37 but he got 7 assists. Goncalves XA this season is 4.99 and he has reached 3 assists this season. It should also be kept in mind that the Portuguese is only 22 years old and Ox at that season was 24 years old.
12th Man Opinion:
For Liverpool fans, it would be sad to see the Englishman leave the club. They will always remember his energetic performance against Manchester City at Anfield in the Champions League quarter-finals. However, he is no longer at his best and his presence can potentially stop young players to come into the club.
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