Liverpool have reportedly decided against selling versatile midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old playmaker is about to enter the final 12 months of his current deal with the Merseyside Reds and has been widely expected to depart from the club ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s time at Anfield has been plagued by injuries, and he has struggled to become a consistent part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield area ahead of Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Jordan Henderson.
Aston Villa and Man Utd have both been credited with an interest in the England international, with the Merseyside Reds initially slapping a £10m price tag on his head.
However, the Liverpool Echo claims that Oxlade-Chamberlain – who has just got engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards – will stay on Merseyside for at least another campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were being tipped to sign a new playmaker in the current transfer window, however, Real Madrid ultimately won the race for Aurelien Tchouameni, and Dortmund will not allow Jude Bellingham to leave the club yet.
As a result, the Merseyside Reds have supposedly put those plans on ice until 2023, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is still regarded as a ‘valued member’ of Klopp’s first-team team.
However, there are currently no updates regarding a potential deal extension for Chamberlain, who could still depart on a free transfer when his contract runs out in 2023.
The ex-Arsenal man provided three times and provided three assists in 28 games for the Merseyside Reds in all tournaments last season, with 17 of those appearances coming in the English top-tier