Price slashed: Liverpool installed odds-on favourites to sign forward loved by Klopp
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool have been installed odds-on favourites to sign Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Sky Bet price the Merseyside giants at 8/11 to land the versatile England international following a dramatic slash of odds.
The odds have tumbled for Liverpool and, in a clear sign they are hot favourites to sign the player, the next-best in the betting is West Ham, who are 12/1, ahead of Manchester United and Manchester City, both 14/1.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future has come under the microscope as he is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and talks have yet to begin on an extension.
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The change in price comes after the Telegraph claimed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is stepping up his pursuit of the 23-year-old.
The report details that Arsenal are holding out for a £35million valuation for the versatile attacker, but the Merseyside club are confident of driving the price down.
Klopp is known to be a keen admirer of the Arsenal star and feels he could add to his solid English core of Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and James Milner.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has spent the majority of his career to date in a wide forward role on the right flank.
He has been used in a number of roles this season by Arsene Wenger, including in a central midfield position and even at wing-back.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain has not been able to nail down a regular starting place despite making 40 appearances across all competitions, scoring six goals and supplying eight assists.
Football Insider verdict:
Oxlade-Chamberlain was once tipped to be England’s next star player, but his career has stagnated at Arsenal just when it appeared he was ready to make the step to first-team regular. The Southampton academy product needs a move away from the Emirates Stadium to reignite his game and develop under a different coach. He has the technical ability, intelligence and mobility to be a bona fide Premier League star. Liverpool should pull out all the stops to make it happen.
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