Liverpool journalist David Hughes has been sharing his thoughts on Reds midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his future at the Merseyside club.
This comes after Hughes co-hosted a recent episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red Podcast, where he went through the entire squad and spoke about which players he thinks should either be kept at the club or moved on during the summer transfer window.
On the subject of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Hughes had this to say about the player and his future.
He said: “I’m just of the opinion to sell him, to be honest.
“I think it would suit both parties. I do think he could still go and be an effective player at another club. Someone like a West Ham springs to mind, I know they’ve been linked and that’s why it’s in there.
“I feel like he could go and be an effective starter at another club, but I just don’t think he does it enough for Liverpool, to be blunt, and so I’d be inclined to get some money back if I could.”
Since then, the 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £18m, has gone on to make 104 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side in which he has managed to score 14 goals and provide 11 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on David Hughes’ comments on Oxlade-Chamberlain and his future at Liverpool…
Given how the Englishman only made 13 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League this season and only started two of them, it’s easy to assume that he isn’t exactly a crucial figure for Klopp and his team.
This makes it understandable why Hughes thinks it could be a smart move for the club to offload him this summer to try and raise some funds.
What should Liverpool do with Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer?
In our view, unless Oxlade-Chamberlain would be willing to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place in the team, then perhaps moving him to another team where he would be guaranteed regular playing minutes would be beneficial for the midfield man.
However, with the midfielder having a substantial injury record, this could potentially be a stumbling block for any potential team, such as West Ham United – who have indeed been linked with a move for him – that may want to take a chance on him this summer.