By Kevin Phillips

16th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

Pundit 'very surprised' at Oxlade-Chamberlain potentially joining West Ham after contact made with Liverpool

Kevin Phillips insists Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay at Liverpool this summer.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the Reds played Norwich on Saturday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain started the game as Liverpool brushed aside the Premier League new boys with a 3-0 win.

Liverpool have only signed one senior player so far this summer.

Jurgen Klopp has not yet found a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who left the club on a free transfer.

On 19th May, Football Insider revealed West Ham made an approach to assess the availability of the Liverpool attacker.

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Phillips insists ‘The Ox’ will stay at Anfield this summer as Klopp can’t afford to let him go.

“I don’t think they can afford to let him go,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Klopp is frustrated, he hasn’t been able to bring in the players he wants.

“The squad isn’t as big as he would like, unless you have a replacement you don’t let a player of his quality go.

“I don’t see him going. I know West Ham were looking at him which doesn’t surprise me.

“There is a player in there. He might get used a bit more this season if those players don’t come in.

“I would be very surprised if he moved on.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 105 appearances for Liverpool.

He has picked up a Champions League and Premier League winner’s medal during his time at Anfield.

In other news, Pundit suggests new Liverpool signing ‘on the horizon’ as striker talks begin.