Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could quit Liverpool for top-six rivals after latest - pundit
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could quit Liverpool to join a top-six rival this summer, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old is good enough to play for a club in the Champions League.
As reported by the Daily Mail on Monday (9 May), Oxlade-Chamberlain is concerned about his future at Anfield as he heads into the final year of his contract.
The report claims there have been no discussions over a new deal but Liverpool are not actively looking to sell him.
He has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield and has not played since March.
McLeish suggested a move to a club with aspirations of a European spot could be on the cards.
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“Players stay at clubs because of that special relationship with the clubs and the manager,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Maybe they don’t get the minutes that they would perhaps want. Look at Divock Origi, who is going to leave Liverpool this season. He didn’t seem too worried about not getting minutes.
“There comes a time when possibly they look at the clock and say: ‘Time’s running out. Maybe I can go and play every week.’
“Oxlade-Chamberlain’s got his peak time ahead of him. Individuals sometimes seem to be in comfort mode, and I don’t mean that in disrespect. I mean they’re comfortable with their life, playing a bit-part for Liverpool.
“The time sometimes comes when you say: ‘I’m 28 now, I’d love to play more games. I’m sure one of the big clubs would snap me up.’
“He’s a very versatile player and he has a hateful of medals now. In Chamberlain’s case, he could rightly say: ‘I’m looking for a club who’s going for a European place, going to try win a cup or get a Champions League place.’
“Why shouldn’t he have that ambition? It will be a club that has that ambition as well.”
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