Souness claims Liverpool spent too much on The Ox

Date published: Sunday 3rd September 2017 3:34

Graeme Souness reckons Liverpool paid over the odds for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but does see the midfielder fitting in better at Anfield than Chelsea.

The England international joined the Reds for £35million ahead of the transfer deadline last Thursday with Jurgen Klopp missing out on other targets Virgil van Dijk and Thomas Lemar.

But despite beating Antonio Conte’s men to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s signature, Souness thinks that the Reds have spent too much on the midfielder, who had less than 12 months to run on his deal at Arsenal.

“Today, £30-40m is buying you a good player, but not a top man,” Souness wrote in The Sunday Times.

“The initial £35m that Liverpool have paid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a very high figure for a player coming to the end of his contract at Arsenal.

“Oxlade-Chamberlain chose Liverpool rather than Chelsea because he did not want to be a wing-back. He sees himself dropping the shoulder and going past people in the central midfield area. I don’t see him as a wing-back either. He is the wrong shape for it.”

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