CONFIRMED: Liverpool complete £40million signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

CONFIRMED: Liverpool complete £40million signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

CONFIRMED: Liverpool complete £40million signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain completed a move to Liverpool worth up to £40 million on transfer deadline day after turning down a switch to Chelsea.

Teams aren't built around wing-backs, though, and Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks he can find a more prominent role in central midfield at Anfield. British media reported the fee for Aurier was about £23 million (NZ$41.4 million).

So he goes to Liverpool to play in the middle or as a winger, but they already have the likes of Mane, Coutinho, Firmino and Can, so is the Ox really going to strengthen their side.

And Leicester forward Mahrez has been given permission to leave the Algeria squad and return to Europe to "formalise his transfer to his new club", with Chelsea said to be in the running.

However, Liverpool have been monitoring the situation of the 24-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, for several months and Press Association Sport understands they made their move to start negotiations yesterday morning.

Steven Gerrard says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will improve the Liverpool team - and hails Naby Keita as a "fantastic player".

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Liverpool have opened talks with Arsenal over a deal for midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"The decision to leave was tough after being a part of the club for so many years, but I feel that this move is right for the next stage in my ongoing development", he said.

Since moving to Emirates Stadium from Southampton in 2011, Oxlade-Chamberlain has won the FA Cup three times but hasn't come close to collecting a European trophy or winning the Premier League. Conte also felt that, to be successful over a sustained period, you need domestic players to give the imports a better understanding of what the Premier League is about.

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For the midfielder to turn his back on both that money and that promise is a damning verdict on Wenger, who clearly failed to make the most of one of England's most talented players. I've always wanted to be Steven Gerrard'.

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