It’s one of those cases that a player proves with his actions that there is something he values more than an even bigger pay-check. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined Liverpool on a five-year deal, rejecting the opportunity to make more money staying at Arsenal, or moving to Chelsea.
According to reports, the 24-year-old player will be making about £120,000 a week, less than what he was offered by both London clubs. As for Liverpool, they are reported to have agreed to pay Arsenal £35 million, more than what they had initially planned, but still ‘rational’, in these days’ absolutely irrational transfer market.
I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed. Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic
Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s official website right after the finalization of the deal was announced.
I remember the first time I saw him play live – it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact. He stood out immediately because of his pace and skills and his attitude in such a big game for a young player; I remember him chasing back to make a brilliant challenge on Mkhitaryan in the box to save a certain goal
the German manager remembered.
We won that game but lost the return match at Arsenal when he started and played well, I think he hit the post. Since then I have followed him and when I heard it may be possible to sign him I didn’t need to think twice
the Liverpool manager also said, obviously thrilled to have such a talented, but at the same time experienced player at his disposal.