8 Aug 2015

Legend confirms: Gerrard' tried to help Liverpool sign 'excellent' £20m playmaker. Loss?

Prior to signing for Arsenal back in 2011, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for 'excellent' Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and according to Anfield legend Jamie Carragher, the Reds were definitely in the running to sign the talented attacker.

In June 2011, the Daily Mail claimed:

"Liverpool have entered the race to land Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Kenny Dalglish is due to hold talks with [his] representatives in an attempt to persuade them that the 17-year-old’s future is at Anfield".

In his Saturday column for the Daily Mail, Carra confirmed:

"There's always been a buzz around Oxlade-Chamberlain. When he was leaving Southampton, Liverpool were one of the clubs in the bidding.

"His dad, Mark, visited Melwood and Steven Gerrard and I both spoke with him in the hope he would make a big move north".

£20m-rated Oxlade-Chamberlain is only 21, but as per usual with British players with a modicum of talent, the media, pundits, and fans have grossly exaggerated his talents, and his record over the last few years is (arguably) evidence of that:

* 30 goals/assists in 117 games.

* Goal every 9 games | Assist every 6.8 games | Goal/assist every 4 games

* 6 injuries in the last two years.

* 333 days on the sidelines | 56 games missed.

Like Wilshere, Sterling, Shaw et al, Oxlade-Chamberlain is another grossly overrated (and overpraised) English player, and I'm glad that he rejected Liverpool.

He's also seemingly fallen foul of the Arsenal injury curse, which has struck down so many players over the years, including Wilshere, and Walcott, two other Gunners players regularly linked with Liverpool.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Author: Jaimie K


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