Oxlade-Chamberlain 'needs to play' as he leaves Liverpool

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he ‘needs to play as consistently as possible’ as he prepares to leave Liverpool on a free transfer… and says it’s ‘harder to say goodbye’ after winning five trophies at Anfield

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is leaving Liverpool on a free transfer after six seasons
  • He struggled to regain a starting spot after sustaining a knee injury in 2017/18
  • The midfielder is keen for regular playing time in what he feels are his peak years 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he needs regular playing time as enters the peak years of his career after leaving Liverpool on a free transfer this summer. 

The 29-year-old has endured an injury-plagued stint with the Anfield club after joining from Arsenal for £35million in summer 2017 and initially established himself as the driving midfield force in Jurgen Klopp’s team.

But in recent seasons the England international has struggled to nail down a regular spot in the squad and is now open to offers that can see him take the field on a consistent basis once again. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain calls his time with the club, that yielded five trophies including the Premier League and Champions League, the best of his career and accepts it will be hard to leave the Reds because of it. 

‘I still want success, I’ve had a taste of it here, they’ve been the best years ever,’ he told the Mirror. ‘So, if by any chance, I can have another sniff of achieving anything like that again then I’d bite your hand off.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves Liverpool after six trophy-laden seasons with the Anfield club

The England midfielder made a surprise switch from Arsenal in 2017 for a fee of £35million

The 29-year-old called his time at Liverpool the ‘best years ever’ as he leaves as a free agent

‘I think I need to go and play somewhere as consistently as possible. They say you’re coming into your peak at 29, so I want to go and test myself, play consistently somewhere.

‘I’m still hungry, I still feel I have a lot of games left in me and a lot of energy left in me. I don’t like to say a point to prove, but that’s always been my attitude.’

The former Arsenal man played a crucial role in Liverpool’s set-up after choosing Klopp’s side over other interested parties in 2017. 

Many fans will remember his pair of Anfield screamers against Manchester City as the sides began their titanic title tussles. 

The first came in a rip-roaring 4-3 Premier League classic before the teams locked horns three months later in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Unfortunately, the Southampton academy graduate saw his season cut cruelly short by a severe knee injury sustained in the next round against Roma that essentially kept him out for the entirety of the following campaign.

Oxlade-Chamberlain went from featuring in 46 games in all competitions in 2017/18 to just four. 

He did manage a renaissance of sorts in the Reds title-winning 2019/20 season, turning out 30 times in the league and scoring four goals.

He was part of the Liverpool team that won the club’s first league title in 30 years

But game time under Klopp has been few and far between in subsequent years with only nine appearances in the Premier League this term. 

‘That togetherness and connection with the fans has made us fairly close,’ he added. 

‘The whole club and city realises that. But this is going to be an exciting time for me. 

‘It’s a new experience for me so there’s a bit of hesitation and a bit of uncertainty and not knowing. But it is still exciting. The only thing I can focus on is expecting something to come up and be ready to seize that opportunity when it comes. 

‘That’s the thing I’m focusing on, focusing on staying fit, being ready and seeing who still fancies a bit of the Ox!’

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