Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, hailed the “tough decision” of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave Arsenal for Anfield after the midfielder completed a £35 million move on Thursday, August 31
Oxlade in Liverpool colours Source: Hindustan times
Oxlade-Chamberlain became Liverpool’s fourth addition of this transfer window, with a fifth recruit – RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita – secured for next summer. The midfielder signed a five-year deal worth £120,000 a week – significantly less than the contract proposed at Arsenal.
But Klopp endured frustration in his attempts to add centre-half Virgil van Dijk to his squad, as Southampton would not entertain negotiations with the Merseyside club. Liverpool’s hopes of securing Van Dijk were effectively scuppered following the fallout of their initial attempts in June, when they were forced to apologise for a ‘misunderstanding’ in their pursuit.
Klopp has professed his delight at the business his club has done by signing Alex. He said he had been following Oxlade-Chamberlain since being impressed watching the midfielder for Arsenal against his Borussia Dortmund side in the 2014 Champions League.
Klopp also suggested it was courageous of the England international to switch between two esteemed clubs. The player also snubbed a bid from Chelsea.
“This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted. He didn’t make an easy decision, but I think he made a great one to go on this journey with this squad of talented boys and our great supporters.”Klopp told the Liverpool club website.