Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Liverpool signs Arsenal midfielder

By Alex Butler  |  Aug. 31, 2017 at 10:50 AM
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Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined Liverpool.

The English squad announced the move for the Arsenal star on Thursday. Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, hasn't tallied a goal or an assist in seven games for Arsenal or in his lone appearance for England in 2017. He had six goals and 11 assists for the Gunners last season.

"I'm currently away with England, so I'm at St George's Park," Oxlade-Chamberlain said, according to LFCTV. "Firstly, I'm delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help."

"I'm not going to say too much today; I'm here with England and we've got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can't wait to get to Melwood and you'll hear first from me on LFCTV."

Oxlade-Chamerlain's medical was performed at St. George's Park. His deal is for up to roughly $51.5 million, according to ESPN FC.

"I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the team website. "Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer - and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic."

"I remember the first time I saw him play live -- it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact. He stood out immediately because of his pace and skills and his attitude in such a big game for a young player; I remember him chasing back to make a brilliant challenge on Mkhitaryan in the box to save a certain goal."

"We won that game but lost the return match at Arsenal when he started and played well, I think he hit the post. Since then I have followed him and when I heard it may be possible to sign him I didn't need to think twice."

Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth and joined Southhampton's youth academy when he was 7 years old. He made his first team debut at 16 years old in 2010. He moved to Arsenal in August 2011. Oxlade-Chamberlain had 20 goals in 198 appearances for the Gunners.

The Reds face Manchester City at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9

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