Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put the opportunity to develop as a player ahead of financial gains when he decided to leave Arsenal for Liverpool.
The 24-year-old rejected Arsenal’s offer of £180,000-per-week to sign for the Reds, where he is reportedly earning £120,000-per-week.
Now, that’s a pay cut that Oxlade-Chamberlain can afford to accept. He’s not going to sleep any less easy.
But it’s still commendable, and shows that the England international really values the chance to improve. He even turned down Chelsea, who had agreed a fee with Arsenal days before he signed for Liverpool.
Part of the reason Oxlade-Chamberlain left the Emirates Stadium was due to a desire to play in centre-midfield. He was used as a right and left wing-back at Arsenal this season, despite openly expressing an eagerness to play in the middle.
And while it’s not clear yet whether Oxlade-Chamberlain will get his wish, he’s at least prepared to compete for a spot in midfield.
Ox has spoken to Klopp about his position
In his first interview as a Liverpool player, the former Southampton man admitted that he’s spoken to Jurgen Klopp about where he will play.
It turns out Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t ready to outline just one position, stating that he simply wants to be involved in the attack.
“I've spoke about this for about six years - my whole career - where I'm going to be playing or where I'd like to play,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said, per Liverpool’s website.
“I just say I'd like to be an attacking midfielder. I've spoke to the manager about this, there's going to be a lot of positions [available] in this team: up-front, because the wingers play a bit more inside, or the midfield.
“I wouldn't like to put a label on it at this stage, I need to get a feel for how the team plays and obviously it's for the manager to decide.
“But ultimately, I just want to be able to be an attacking influence and have that effect further up the pitch; whether that's from an attacking midfield position or one of the wider positions coming in, I'm not too fussed.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain admires Klopp's passion
Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke admirably about Klopp, noting that the German’s passion was part of the reason he decided to sign for the Reds.
“Even as a neutral watching him last season, you [could see] he's a really interesting character and someone that seems very inspiring for people that aren't even involved in the club,” Oxlade-Chamberlain added.
“Watching him, [you see] his passion and how much he cares about the game. The thing that stood out for me was his relationship with the players, how close he seems to bond with the players on and off the field.
“And then obviously the way his teams play, that's definitely inspirational for me and was one of the instrumental [reasons] - if not the main reason - that I felt this place was definitely the place for me.”
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