By Noel Whelan

22nd Nov, 2022 | 11:54am

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped to sign 'pay-as-you-play' contract as Liverpool offer revealed - pundit

Noel Whelan has backed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to sign a “pay-as-you-play” contract when he departs Liverpool next year.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested clubs will be looking to “cover their own back” if they decide to move for the 29-year-old.

Sources told this site on 16 November that Southampton are set to be offered Liverpool star Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of the January window.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed (20 November) that the Merseysiders are willing to let the midfielder depart for free in 2023 with no talks planned over a contract extension.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has played just 119 minutes this term, is currently out of contract at the end of this season.

He has been plagued by a number of injuries throughout his spell at Anfield.

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Whelan cited Aaron Ramsey’s ill-fated loan move to Rangers in the second half of the 2021-22 campaign.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think it might be a pay-as-you-play contract.

“That’s the more sensible way to go about it when you’ve got a player who has a terrible injury record.

“Clubs have to cover their own back. Of course, they’d love a player like Oxlade-Chamberlain – but they want a player who can get fit and stay fit.

“With that pay-as-you-play contract he can show his qualities out there on the field. Everyone knows he’s a quality player.

“But there’s that doubt that will be in the back of the minds of these clubs. Can he stay fit? Can he play 10 games on the bounce?

“We’ve seen it with Aaron Ramsey. He went to Rangers and couldn’t manage it.”

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