Having never signed an English player before the arrival of Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund appear to have ‘bit the bug’, so to speak. Already, they have signed prodigious talent like Jude Bellingham, and have a history with signing Scottish footballers in the past. However, this recent move into the English market might boast another quality signing come the summer in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
His move to Liverpool was seen as a surprise, with the goal-getter expected to instead sign for Chelsea under Antonio Conte. However, he moved to Anfield and in his first season was a revelation. Key goals against Manchester City had fans salivating, but a disastrous injury against AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League semi-final derailed progress. In fact, it would be fair to say that the player has not really regained his form with any consistency since then.
A fresh start is expected to arrive in the summer, with reports suggesting the player is keen to start again in a new league and environment. Given their habit for restoring players and giving them a new lease of life, Dortmund might see an opportunity to revive a player once viewed as a generational talent in England.
Known for his drives forward with the ball and his ability to score from outside the box, he would offer a penetration lacking in the BVB midfield. The fact his arrival might also spell the end for Julian Brandt – another former Liverpool target – is quite interesting. Brandt is a more cerebral playmaker, but Dortmund have several of these players on their books.
Could moving on Brandt for a similar standard of talent in Oxlade-Chamberlain be the right move? It appears that Dortmund are definitely exploring the possibility of landing AOC on a permanent deal.
What has gone wrong for Oxlade-Chamberlain at Liverpool?
If you were to ask any Liverpool fan or player prior to that injury against Roma, they would anticipate that Oxlade-Chamberlain was at Anfield for as long as Klopp would be. His infectious style and energy had made a huge impression on the German, his teammates, and fans. However, the length of his injury ensured that by the time he returned he looked slower and less nimble.
And with Liverpool in the hunt for various trophies since his arrival, it was hard to find the kind of expected gametime needed to resume fitness. A highly impressive spell of form towards the end of 2019 looked to be a sign that the English international was back to his best. Since then, though, he has provided precious little on the pitch for the Reds.
This has left Klopp likely to move the player on as he looks to rebuild the Liverpool squad ahead of a gruelling 2021-22 campaign. Though it might seem harsh, Liverpool simply cannot wait any longer for the English midfielder to find his form once again.
Once seen as the poster boy of the emotional romanticism of a Klopp side, today AOC is seen as the latest example of what injury can do to a career.