Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has long been expected to seek new pastures as the season is not quite as imminent as it used to be at Anfield, but a report now suggests otherwise.
The 28-year-old made 17 appearances in all competitions last season but, most importantly, there would be no more minutes after his stint at Nottingham Forest in March.
Of the 16 games then remaining in the season following that FA Cup voyage, Oxlade-Chamberlain sat on the bench for just seven of those encounters despite being fully fit.
And with his playing time limited and his current contract expiring next summer, a permanent move elsewhere in a mutually beneficial deal has long been on the cards.
West Ham and Aston Villa have both been reported as potential suitors but that is the case now Liverpool echo have reported that “Anfield insiders” say there are “no sales plans at this time” for this summer.
It is said to come as Liverpool wait until 2023 to add a new midfielder, with Oxlade-Chamberlain still able to contribute in all four competitions at various positions and therefore “remaining part of Liverpool’s plans”.
The reintroduction of the five-substitutes rule in the Premier League could also pave the way for more cameo outings, but the 28-year-old could once again settle for limited playing time.
It’s a report that can be read in a number of ways, as only recently have other reports put a price tag in the region of £10m for Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, with the midfielder ‘allowed to leave’.
The general consensus was that Oxlade-Chamberlain should move on and this new stance could be part of their frontline in the transfer window as Liverpool won’t necessarily be promoting every move.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had no fitness concerns during last season, could certainly be one of many options for Jurgen Klopp in 2022/23 but he would also be a valuable signing for a number of Premier League sides.