According to Graeme Souness, Liverpool overpaid for deadline day signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.
The speedy Englishman moved to Anfield from the North London club for a fee of around £35m. He had been tipped to leave the Emirates Stadium with less than 12 months on his contract at Arsenal remaining.
Chelsea were also keen on the England international and also met his £35m price-tag – however the player opted to join Liverpool instead.
The competition for Oxlade-Chamberlain may have driven up the price, but Souness still feels that Jurgen Klopp overpaid for a player with so little time left on his contract.
In his column for the Sunday times, Souness said: ‘Today, £30-40m is buying you a good player, but not a top man. The initial £35m that Liverpool have paid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a very high figure for a player coming to the end of his contract at Arsenal.’
Part of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision to join Liverpool over Chelsea was influenced by his desire to play in midfield rather than as a full-back. It’s a role Souness believes he is better suited to.
‘Oxlade-Chamberlain chose Liverpool rather than Chelsea because he did not want to be a wing-back. He sees himself dropping the shoulder and going past people in the central midfield area. I don’t see him as a wing-back either. He is the wrong shape for it.’