Liverpool agree new long-term deal for England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until 2023
- Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain agreed deal with club until 2023
- England international has fought back from a knee injury suffered in April 2018
- Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 47 appearances and scored five goals for his club
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a new long-term contract until 2023 with Liverpool, the club have confirmed.
The winger returned to first-team football at the end of last season after suffering a serious knee injury in April 2018 and was part of the squad that beat Tottenham to win the UEFA Champions League last season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal for £35million in 2017 and the 26-year-old has scored five goals in 47 games for the club.
Liverpool winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has agreed a new long-term contract at the club
Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpoolfc.com: ‘I’m really, really excited – it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to.
‘I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign. It’s something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time – and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year.
‘You’ve got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don’t get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here.’
Oxlade-Chamberlain has just returned from a long-term injury sustained in April 2018
Jurgen Klopp handed the winger his first start in 16 months against Southampton
Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start of the season – and first in 16 months – in the 2-1 victory over former club Southampton, and now has hopes to build on that performance.
‘I can promise the supporters that I’ll give them absolutely everything moving forward,’ he added.
‘There might be times where I have bad games and good games and moments where it’s not so good, but I’ll always work through those moments and give my everything to correct them and keep pushing this team forward.
‘I hope that I can do some special things like I did before I got injured and, most of all, be a part of this group of players that go on to hopefully win more things.
‘I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us all and I look forward to seeing them every game moving forward.’
Oxlade-Chamberlain has vowed to kick on and recapture his best form after signing the deal
The midfielder shares an embrace with captain Jordan Henderson after sealing the deal
Away from the first-team squad, Liverpool have abandoned existing plans for the redevelopment of Anfield in favour of a more ambitious project.
The club had outlined planning permission, due to expire next month, to expand the Anfield Road stand by 4,000 seats to lift the ground’s capacity to over 58,000.
However, with the demand for tickets still outstripping supply, those plans have been shelved – planning permission will be allowed to lapse – as Liverpool consider a grander scheme which would take the number of seats beyond 60,000.
The club remain committed to the redevelopment but now want to consider a scheme which pursues ‘a vision in keeping with the club’s aspirations’.
‘The progress that has been made during ongoing feasibility studies has resulted in us being in a position to allow the outline planning permission to lapse,’ said chief operating officer Andy Hughes.
‘We are committed to working with local residents, planning officials and others as we now focus on the detail behind any proposed redevelopment for Anfield Road.
‘Throughout this process we have been clear that our objective is to find the best possible solution for Anfield Road and that remains the case.’
Liverpool completed a £110million rebuild of the Main Stand at Anfield in 2016 which raised the capacity by 9,000.