Liverpool could hand 'brilliant' Oxlade-Chamberlain new deal - pundit

By Noel Whelan

25th Jan, 2022 | 4:00pm

Liverpool tipped to agree 'brilliant' Oxlade-Chamberlain deal - pundit

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could earn a new contract after his “brilliant” recent performances, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old is “playing for the manager and the shirt” despite knowing he is far from first choice at Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain capped off an accomplished 60 minutes of action by grabbing Liverpool’s second goal as Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday (23 January).

As quoted by the Guardian last month (17 December), Klopp claimed the midfielder is playing “the best” football of his Liverpool career.

Whelan suggested potential suitors will be impressed but hinted at a potential contract extension.

“Well, he’s putting himself in the shop window – but also in the frame for a new contract at Liverpool,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“He’s come back in and taken his opportunity with these players away at the African Cup of Nations.

“He has always been a favourite of Jurgen Klopp’s. He’s playing for the manager and for the shirt.

“That just shows the type of character he is and what sort of person he is.

“He’ll gladly do his bit for the team and the club, whether that’s 90 minutes or five minutes. All the while, he knows that his place will be gone when the big hitters come back.

“He’s fighting for the cause, his teammates, and the manager – and that’s brilliant to see.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s current deal expires in June 2023.

The England international now has three goals and two assists in 26 appearances this term.

In other news, Klopp has green lighted a Liverpool exit after blocking another move.