Liverpool have completed the £35 million transfer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal on a five-year deal and hope he will not be their final acquisition ahead of the deadline.
Having agreed a fee with the Gunners on Wednesday for the England international , who rejected Chelsea as he preferred a switch to Anfield, the finer details were completed at St George’s Park on the same night.
The 24-year-old becomes the fifth signing this summer for Jurgen Klopp alongside Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andy Robertson and Naby Keita – the latter, however, will only link up with the Reds from RB Leipzig next season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain passed on the opportunity to link up with Premier League champions Chelsea, who reached a pact with Arsenal on Monday, feeling his development would be better served at Liverpool, especially in his favoured midfield role.
Klopp told the club’s official website: “I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed. 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.
“I hear a lot of talk about positions but let’s talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen.
Klopp on AOC: “He has really good abilities, gives everything for his team. He is positive + willing to take risks to make things happen”pic.twitter.com/Y147OTQt23 — Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 31, 2017
“He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me.
“This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.
“He didn’t make an easy decision but I think he made a great one to go on this journey with this squad of talented boys and our great supporters. I welcome him to the Liverpool family.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain is understood to be on a package of around £120,000 a week – he would’ve earned more had he extended his contract at the Emirates, which had entered its final year, or if he had decided to play for Antonio Conte.