By Wayne Veysey

29th Dec, 2016 | 8:56am

Guardian: Klopp given encouragement in pursuit of £20m-plus England ace, Liverpool interest is genuine

By Alex Stevens

Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Arsenal attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to a report.

The Guardian claim the Merseyside giants have identified the England international as a “genuine” target due to his pedigree and contract situation.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has just 18 months remaining on his Gunners contract and it is said that his club “have not shown any great desire to instigate talks” over an extension.

The Guardian report that the 23-year-old will be valued at between £20million and £25million given his calibre and potential to improve.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a stop-start career at Arsenal since joining from Southampton in 2011 for a fee of around £15million.

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He has had far better availability this season after being struck by a series of serious injuries in previous campaigns and has responded with his most prolific form to date in terms of goals and assists.

The 24-times England international has scored six goals and supplied six assists from 23 appearances in all competitions, spread across 1,100 minutes of action.

By contrast, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored just two goals and provided two assists from 33 appearances and 1,530 minutes in the entirety of last season.

The player’s potential availability has given Liverpool hope of negotiating a deal with Arsenal but any potential transfer could be hindered by the relations between the clubs that are still soured by the Londoners’ infamous £40million-plus-£1 bid for Luis Suarez in 2013.

Liverpool are also direct title rivals to Arsenal, with Klopp’s side second in the table going into the weekend and Arsene Wenger’s team three points behind in fourth place.

In other Liverpool transfer news, this La Liga president has revealed the Reds are willing to pay the wage demands of this PSG forward.