Championship side 'interested' in Jurgen Klopp signing who Liverpool registered £35m loss on

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Wire)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Wire)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Wire)
The star only left Anfield last summer and he is already linked to potentially his second club after Liverpool.

A number of current Liverpool players have been attracting attention ahead of the summer transfer window as the club prepares to undergo a new era without Jurgen Klopp. The Reds have have already been tipped to make several significant changes alongside the appointment of Arne Slot and new backroom staff.

How Liverpool will line up for their first game of the season under new management remains to be seen, as multiple talks of players coming in as well as going out continue to do the rounds. The players currently on the books at Anfield aren’t the only ones gathering interest either.

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Former Liverpool personnel are also being linked with potential moves before the 2024/25 season. According to Turkish outlet Sabah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the radar of the recently relegated Sheffield United, who will undoubtedly be looking to strengthen their ranks in order to push for promotion back up to the Premier League next year.

The report from Turkey claims that the Blades are ‘interested’ in the midfielder who joined Beşiktaş last summer after his contract on Merseyside expired. Following his free transfer, Liverpool officially registered a sizeable loss on Oxlade-Chamberlain, having signed him from Arsenal in 2017 for £35 million.

Sheffield United were relegated following a torrid run in the Premier League last season. The Blades finished rock bottom of the table with 16 points on the board after winning just three games all campaign. With the worst goal return of the entire league (35) they will no doubt be looking to strengthen their options in attack during the summer window.

While Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly has it in his locker to create defence-breaking play and score superb goals of his own, his unfortunate injury history continues to set him back. During his time under Klopp and even at Arsenal before his move to Liverpool, the 30-year-old suffered multiple lengthy injuries, including an ACL tear, which ruled him out for the majority of the 2018/19 season. Since moving to Beşiktaş, ‘the Ox’ was out for 18 games after suffering a torn thigh muscle back in December.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain’s exit from Liverpool came as part of a hefty midfield exodus, with Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Naby Keïta all leaving alongside him. The latter three reached the end of their contracts and left as free agents, while Henderson was sold to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ettifaq on what was reported to be a £350,000-a-week deal.

The departing midfielders opened the door for Klopp and co to bring in reinforcements, and their whole summer focused on restructuring the engine room. Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endō and Ryan Gravenberch all arrived before deadline day, resulting in Liverpool spending more than £145 million on the quartet combined.

Discussing the nature of his departure from Liverpool, Oxlade-Chamberlin said last year: “I think it's more just the older you get, in football, you have these sort of moments where you realise things move on, things change. It is a business and I think it's just changing of the guard and that's how things go. I don't really want to dwell too much on it or be salty about it.

“It's the way things go in life. And I've had many years of having really great experiences and being treated really well at football clubs. So I can't complain about that. There are obviously elements where you feel part of something, a part of a team and a club, and connected with the fans and everything. You expect a few things to happen and if they don't, sometimes it could be a bit surprising, but yeah, I haven't got any real hard feelings about that situation. It's just the way things go.”

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