Last Updated: 23/08/19 6:08amAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first Premier League start since April 2018 against Southampton on Saturday
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract.
Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Anfield from Arsenal on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2017 and played a major role in helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final that season, scoring in a 3-0 quarter-final first-leg win against Manchester City.
But a serious knee injury in the semi-final first leg against Roma sidelined the midfielder for a year, with Oxlade-Chamberlain making just two substitute appearances at the end of last season before stepping up his return this term.
"I'm really, really excited - it's been in the pipeline for a little while, so it's nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
"I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it's really exciting for me to be able to sign. It's something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time - and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year."
"You've got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don't get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here."Jurgen Klopp hopes Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury problems are now behind him
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to the midfielder's attitude during his recovery period.
"We all know Alex's story since he came to the club, and yes there have been disappointments as well as highs, but what has impressed me and everyone is his attitude to dealing with setbacks and his character," he said.
"That's why none of us were ever in any doubt about him fighting his way back in the way he did. To see him play almost the whole game at Southampton on Saturday was such a positive moment for all of us, especially him.
"Now he is no longer injured, he is fit and he can kick on and show once again just how good he is. But there is still a lot of hard work on that road."Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates his stunning goal against Man City Why have Liverpool given Ox a new deal?
Oxlade-Chamberlain is the latest player to offer his long-term commitment to Liverpool, with the club keen to secure the futures of the core of the squad that led the club to back-to-back Champions League finals.
Liverpool's front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have all signed new deals in the last 13 months, while captain Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson have also signed new contracts.
With James Milner's contract running until the end of the season and Georginio Wijnaldum's contract up in the summer of 2021, the versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to re-establish himself as a key player for Liverpool in the coming season.Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 47 appearances in his Liverpool career to date 'Ox gives Liverpool something different'
Sky Sports News pundit Danny Higginbotham believes Oxlade-Chamberlain has a vital role to play for Liverpool going forward.
"It will take a bit of time for him to get back up to speed again but he's an important player for Liverpool and can give them something different," Higginbotham said.Liverpool vs Arsenal
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"Roberto Firmino creates a lot of problems for center-backs. He drags them out and that leaves space in behind. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, before he got his injury and missed a lot of time, was taking that space up.
"I'm not comparing him to Philippe Coutinho but it's similar to what Philippe Coutinho was doing at Liverpool to a certain extent, getting beyond the midfield with players in front of him.
"That's what Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is capable of. There is no doubting the talent he has. You can see from his touch maps that spaces have been created for him to get into."Soccer Saturday Super 6 is Back
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed the moment it dawned on him that Liverpool supporters are ‘really special’.
The Reds’ No.15 committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract at Melwood on Thursday.
And, after putting pen to paper, Oxlade-Chamberlain sat down for an in-depth interview, which you can read and watch in full on Liverpoolfc.com from 8pm BST.
“It's [Liverpool] a hard place not to embrace. It's such a full-on culture, so much passion from everyone that is associated with the club – it's really endearing,” the 26-year-old said, during the wide-ranging discussion.
“The thing I respect so much about them is, yes, the fans want results and they deserve results and that's what this club is about, but at the same time, if you give them everything you can, they respect that.
“As a footballer, I think the least you can do is respect the fans, the club and who you play for and give them everything you can. When you get the support back that you do, you can't really have any complaints.
“The first time I really noticed that was when we played Sevilla away in the Champions League in my first season. Obviously we were 3-0 up and we drew 3-3. We should never have let that happen and for fans to have taken days off work the next day and spend money to come out there, for them to still applaud us as we walked over, I couldn't believe it.
“That was when I realised: 'These guys are special, this set of supporters are really special.' They give us everything and, at the minute, the team are giving them everything.”
Read and watch the full interview with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Liverpoolfc.com from 8pm BST
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new long-term Liverpool contract at Melwood on Thursday and our photographer was there to capture the special moment.
Two years after joining the club, the midfielder committed his future to the Reds by extending his deal with the European champions.
And you can see our pictures from a milestone day in the gallery below…
Photos by John Powell
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has today reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool FC by signing a new long-term contract at Melwood.
The midfielder put pen to paper on a fresh deal which extends a spell with the Reds that began when Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the club from Arsenal in August 2017.
The No.15 has made 47 appearances and scored five goals for Liverpool to date and was part of the squad that clinched European Cup glory in Madrid in June, having overcome a serious knee injury sustained in April 2018.
“I’m really, really excited - it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpoolfc.com after signing the new contract on Thursday.
“I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign. It’s something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time – and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year.”
“You’ve got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don’t get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here.”
The England international has featured three times in the 2019-20 campaign – and made his first Premier League start in 16 months in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Southampton last Saturday.
With a full pre-season under his belt too, Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to produce the levels of performance that established him as a fan favourite again throughout the season.
“I can promise the supporters that I'll give them absolutely everything moving forward,” he added. “There might be times where I have bad games and good games and moments where it's not so good, but I'll always work through those moments and give my everything to correct them and keep pushing this team forward.
“I hope that I can do some special things like I did before I got injured and, most of all, be a part of this group of players that go on to hopefully win more things.
“I'm really excited to see what the future holds for us all and I look forward to seeing them every game moving forward.”
Last Updated: 22/08/19 6:53pmJurgen Klopp admits he did not use Philippe Coutinho in his preferred position behind the striker as much as he could have
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Philippe Coutinho to succeed on loan at Bayern Munich and admits he underused the Brazilian in his preferred position.
The 27-year-old signed for the Bundesliga champions on Monday in a deal that includes an option for Bayern to buy Coutinho from Barcelona for £109.8m at the end of the season.
The attacking midfielder was more often utilised as either one of Klopp's front three or midfield three, before finding a similar positional dilemma at the Nou Camp after moving to Spain in January 2018.
Klopp told Kicker: "Coutinho didn't get to play in his preferred No 10 role all that much when he was with us, but he's a great No 8 and is a fantastic left-winger because he's incredibly good in tight spaces and has the pace to exploit bigger spaces.0:49 Sky in Germany reporter Uli Koehler believes Philippe Coutinho's loan move to Bayern Munich is a good deal for the club, but he will need to prove himself Sky in Germany reporter Uli Koehler believes Philippe Coutinho's loan move to Bayern Munich is a good deal for the club, but he will need to prove himself
"He dominates football matches, and is a real asset if he can put his stamp on the team.
"Bayern needed him, and Bayern wanted him. If they can integrate him and get the very best out of him, the Bundesliga will have a top player on its hands.
"Coutinho has an unbelievable eye for goal from range.
"I haven't seen a player coming in off the left and striking the ball with such regularity and precision from those kind of positions since (Alessandro) Del Piero."Soccer Saturday Super 6 is Back
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On Saturday, the Londoners make the trip to Merseyside in what could be a fascinating battle between the only two sides with maximum points from their opening two league games.
On paper, games against Newcastle and Burnley aren’t the toughest of openings, but you can only beat what is in front of you.
With far tougher games on the horizon, it was important to get six points on the board.
We also have a lot of players either returning from injury or embedding into the squad and I don’t think you’ll see our strongest XI until October.
What’s been particularly pleasing is youngsters Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson being given the opportunity to come in and play, and doing pretty well overall.Who has shone most in the opening couple of games?
Well, Dani Ceballos only played 20 minutes or so at Newcastle, but he had the best ‘pressures’ per minute out of everyone who played.
It might sound an odd statistic, but when you consider his style of play, I was quite pleased about that. Our midfield has lacked intensity and aggression.
Ceballos then followed that up with one of the best debut performances I have seen in many years against Burnley. He was top for basically every stat going and totally dictated the game. He was excellent.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is clearly is vital for us, too – two goals in as many matches, and two very different goals, represents a great start.
He will be in contention for the Golden Boot again on this evidence.Is a Premier League title challenge on the cards for the Gunners?
Short answer: no.
Our defence is still shaky and I think we’re weak at full-back until Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney come in.
We also have the complication of Thursday-Sunday games because of the Europa League.
We already look a better side than last year, though, and I think we will be more competitive. Man City and Liverpool still look a distance above the rest.What do you make of Liverpool’s start to the campaign?
I would say the start is strong but not as convincing as things might appear. I didn’t watch the Norwich game but caught the highlights and they certainly had their share of chances.
Liverpool’s firepower was far too much for them, but against better sides they may have come unstuck.
They also nearly threw away a two-goal lead at Southampton, so if I was a Liverpool fan, I’d actually be very pleased with the win itself.
It’s a tough place to go, certainly after a European game on Wednesday which went all the way to penalties, but the way in which two lesser teams have created chances would make me slightly nervous.
I still think they will be the only real challenger to City, as mentioned.Who do you fear most for the Reds on Saturday?
It’s difficult not to fear all of the front three, given how they function together and their individual records against Arsenal.
If I was to pick one I’d say Sadio Mane.
He has scored excellent goals against Chelsea and Saints and he looks like he has picked up from where he left off last season.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a good young player, but he’s not a right-back and I think Liverpool will look to exploit both full-back areas.Where will the key battles take place?
Arsenal will have to dominate the midfield. I think we can and I would even argue we have a better midfield than Liverpool.
But with the pace the Reds play with at home, and with a lack of experience and Premier League know-how, we might come unstuck.
I hope we play a 4-3-3 formation with pace in attack – Liverpool have played a high line and all three opponents have had success at getting in behind so far this season.
If the tactic sticks then we could get some joy with Aubameyang and potentially Nicolas Pepe, but ultimately I would back Liverpool’s defence to handle our threat better than we will theirs, sadly.Finally, hit us with your prediction…
It pains me to say it, and part of me is much more confident than this, but my head can’t see us being competitive for the whole 90 minutes.
I think it might be tighter than previous seasons but will end 2-1 or 3-1 to Liverpool.
Liverpool are claimed to be “on the verge” of agreeing a new long-term kit deal with Nike which “could be the richest in the Premier League.”
The Reds’ current terms with New Balance expire at the end of the campaign, and the club have been weighing up their options as they seek to capitalise on their recent growth.
And with their deal with New Balance worth just £45 million a year, the aim is to secure an increase to at least £75 million a year, surpassing Man United‘s record deal for an English club with Adidas.
Now, Forbes claim in their profile of the Reds’ finances that the club “is on the verge of signing a new kit deal with Nike that would begin with the 2020/21 season and could be the richest in the Premier League.”
It is important to note that this may be a throwaway line based on previous speculation, but Forbes are a well-respected source when it comes to finances.
Four months ago it was stressed that Liverpool were “not yet close to striking an agreement,” but this would indicate that there has been a major step forward in talks.
Nike’s biggest kit deal to date is with Barcelona, paying the Liga side £1 billion over 10 years, while their largest with an English club is a £900 million, 15-year agreement with Chelsea.
New Balance retain first refusal over an extension with the Reds, but would need to match the offer of any prospective successor, which they are unlikely to be able to afford.
Either way, Forbes‘ claim could speed up the process of either an announcement or a dismissal, with Liverpool now in the final year of their existing deal.
Last Updated: 22/08/19 4:29pmJurgen Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season
Jurgen Klopp "lives and breathes" the Liverpool job, according to David Wagner, who hopes his friend can lead the Anfield side to the Premier League title this year.
The former Huddersfield boss, who met Klopp while playing for Mainz almost 30 years ago before they worked together at Borussia Dortmund, was speaking after Klopp was shortlisted for Best FIFA Men's Coach of the year alongside Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.
Wagner says 52-year-old Klopp is fully invested in his role at Anfield and hailed his achievements on Merseyside after he guided Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season, leading to his FIFA nomination.Liverpool manager Klopp embraces David Wagner
"Sometimes you need a little bit of luck to win a title, but he absolutely deserved this," Wagner told FIFA.com. "He lives and breathes this job 100 per cent. He thinks about football or his team every minute of every day."
"That's the way good coaches are - you can't simply switch off from what might happen to the team tomorrow, next week or in an hour's time.1:17 Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock says that Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will need a rest after a busy summer. Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock says that Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will need a rest after a busy summer.
"What he has already achieved in the time he's had with Liverpool is incredible."
Wagner, who is now in charge at Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04, hopes Klopp can go one step further in the Premier League this season after a remarkable run last term saw them narrowly miss out on a title win to Manchester City.Klopp celebrates with his Liverpool players
"I hope that he goes one better this year and takes the Premier League title, even though we all know that that's easier said than done," Wagner said.
"He and his lads will work incredibly hard for it, but that league is such a tight one… He's really put on a show with them up until now though. I hope he wins the title with them this season."Soccer Saturday Super 6 is Back
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Venue – Anfield, Liverpool
Referee – Anthony Taylor
Date & Time – Saturday, August 24th @ 17:30
Current Odds – Liverpool 9/20, Draw 4/1, Arsenal 19/4
Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield in the evening game this Saturday as the only remaining sides with 100% records in this season’s Premier League go head-to-head.
With 30 goals in the last six meetings between these two at Anfield, it’s likely to be another eventful night under the lights on Merseyside.FORM
Liverpool have struggled through a gruelling opening period to their 2019/20 campaign. Yet, they’ve managed to win their opening two league games as well as bringing home the UEFA Super Cup trophy from Istanbul after beating Chelsea on penalties.
Much like in the early stages of last season, Liverpool are doing enough to win their games, just about.
If they can continue that trend on Saturday evening then Reds fans everywhere will be delighted as the first international break of the season quickly approaches (after the Burnley game).
Unai Emery’s side has started its season in solid fashion. A 1-0 win at Newcastle on the opening weekend was followed up by a 2-1 home win over Burnley last time out.
Arsenal haven’t won a league game at Anfield since 2012 but this side, with Dani Ceballos already looking the part and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already in-form, will certainly give Jurgen Klopp’s team plenty to think about this Saturday.TEAM NEWS
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Nathaniel Clyne is Liverpool’s only current long-term injury absentee. The right-back suffered an ACL injury over the summer and is not due back until February at the earliest.
Alisson is also missing through injury and it’s still unclear just how long is calf issue is likely to keep him out for.
Naby Keita is unavailable having suffered an injury training for the UEFA Super Cup match in Turkey last week.
Jurgen Klopp will stick with Adrian in goals while Joel Matip will probably keep his place in central defence, alongside Virgil van Dijk.
In midfield, I think Fabinho and Jordan Henderson will return to the starting lineup, with Gini Wijnaldum making up the midfield trio.
It should be full strength for The Reds in attack with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all fit to start.
Arsenal Team News
Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both ruled out while Kieran Tierney is not fit enough yet to make his debut for Arsenal after signing from Celtic.
Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Rob Holding are all doubts for The Gunners.
Dani Ceballos will be the main playmaker to watch in the centre for Arsenal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should start as the out-and-out striker in place of Alexandre Lacazette.PREDICTED LINEUPS
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1) – Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ceballos, Nelson; AubameyangWHEN THEY LAST MET
Last December, Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on a day when Roberto Firmino turned on the afterburners and left The Gunners for dead with a hat-trick. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah also scored for The Reds as they overturned Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ early strike to hammer Arsenal.PREDICTION
Liverpool 3 – 2 Arsenal
It should be a case of goals galore again on Saturday with both sides in top form and neither defence looking anything resembling rock-solid thus far.
I would back Roberto Firmino to score again to continue his impressive scoring record against Unai Emery’s side (8 goals in 8 games since he arrived at Liverpool).
Liverpool have reaffirmed their plans to redevelop the Anfield Road End, with the proposed expansion set to bring Anfield’s capacity to over 60,000.
The current planning permission for the work expires in September, and the club are set to submit a new application to reflect a revised blueprint.
Liverpool confirmed their intentions on Thursday, with “ambitious new plans now under active consideration,” to be put together after “engaging with the local community and other key stakeholders.”
The Athletic’s James Pearce has added that this would raise the capacity above 60,000, following initial plans to add around 4,000 seats.
Anfield’s current capacity is 54,074, following the completion of redevelopment work on the Main Stand in 2016.
“The progress that has been made during ongoing feasibility studies has resulted in us being in a position to allow the outline planning permission to lapse,” Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes explained.
“We are committed to working with local residents, planning officials and others as we now focus on the detail behind any proposed redevelopment for Anfield Road.
“Throughout this process we have been clear that our objective is to find the best possible solution for Anfield Road and that remains the case.”
While this is no guarantee that the expansion will go ahead, it is a big step forward with the club and its owners Fenway Sports Group clearly committed to the project.
It would be in line with the Emirates Stadium (60,260) and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62,214), and move the Reds’ home ahead of the Etihad (55,097).
Liverpool Football Club today reaffirms its intention to redevelop the Anfield Road stand with ambitious new plans now under active consideration.
As part of this process, the six-time European champions have committed to engaging with the local community and other key stakeholders while pursuing a vision in keeping with the club’s aspirations.
As a direct result of this development, existing outline planning permission will be allowed to lapse in order to allow work to continue on alternative options with a view to submitting a new planning application for a larger scheme in due course.
Liverpool FC chief operating officer Andy Hughes said: “The progress that has been made during ongoing feasibility studies has resulted in us being in a position to allow the outline planning permission to lapse. We are committed to working with local residents, planning officials and others as we now focus on the detail behind any proposed redevelopment for Anfield Road.
“Throughout this process we have been clear that our objective is to find the best possible solution for Anfield Road and that remains the case."
LFC Foundation and Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) are hosting a free family fun day this Friday, August 23.
Held at ASCC from 11am to 3pm, the day will feature activities for all the family including arts and crafts, music, flower planting and face painting as well as football and multi-sports on inflatable pitches.
LFC's official club mascot, Mighty Red, will also be on hand to meet children and their families and a free lunch will be served to under-16s.
No advance registration is required - families can just come along on the day.
Click here for more information on LFC Foundation’s programmes and activities.