Campbell verdict on Oxlade-Chamberlain quitting Liverpool after West Ham approach
Kevin Campbell has tipped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to remain at Liverpool despite interest from West Ham this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Arsenal striker suggested the midfielder has a “great opportunity” to nail down a starting role at Anfield.
On Saturday (August 14th), Oxlade-Chamberlain played 61 minutes as Liverpool swept past Norwich to win 3-0.
Football Insider revealed in May that West Ham had made contact with Liverpool over a move for the 28-year-old after slipping down the pecking order.
The Express reported in July the Hammers could launch a loan bid for ‘The Ox’ as an alternative to Jesse Lingard.
However, Campbell thinks the midfielder’s start could be evidence he is set to stay at Anfield.
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“I think they’re going to give him his chance,” he told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.
“That midfield trio was perhaps one which might have played in cup competitions or less important games, but with Henderson not quite being ready, he’s got a real opportunity to play.
“If you do the business, you stay in the team – that has to be the mantra.
“Fair play to him, he’s in the team and they win the game. It’s a great opportunity for him because Liverpool will go close again this season.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain made just 13 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once.
The 35-cap England midfielder played 30 times during the 2019-20 season, contributing four goals towards Liverpool’s title win.
The Southampton academy product cost Liverpool £35million when he moved from Premier League rivals Arsenal in 2017.
Since then the midfielder has battled knee injuries and was sidelined for almost all of the 2018-19 season – missing Liverpool’s victorious Champions League campaign.