Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that one of the main reasons he left Arsenal for Liverpool was because he wanted to work under Jurgen Klopp.
The Ox has shed light on the reason he left the Gunners and a huge part of it, he claims, is to work under former Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp.
“Even as a neutral watching him last season, you [could see] he’s a really interesting character and someone that seems very inspiring for people that aren’t even involved in the club. Watching him, [you see] his passion and how much he cares about the game,” he said, reports the Evening Standard.
“The thing that stood out for me was his relationship with the players, how close he seems to bond with the players on and off the field. That’s massive and it’s definitely a big plus when you’re looking to progress, having that relationship with the manager, that definitely helps.
“And then obviously the way his teams play, that’s definitely inspirational for me and was one of the instrumental [reasons] – if not the main reason – that I felt this place was definitely the place for me.”
The 24-year-old, who signed for Arsenal from Southampton in 2011, wanting to move to a club where he has a manager he really connects with suggests that he didn’t have that in north London. At least not any more. And this strongly hints that the players at Arsenal aren’t feeling as connected to Arsene Wenger as they should.
While no player is bigger than the club, the disconnect between them and the boss is worrying, especially as others, such as Alexis Sanchez and potentially Mesut Ozil, could be heading for the exit within the next year.
Obviously, there will be other factors that went into the Ox deciding to move. He wants to play in central midfield, which he may feel he has more of a chance of at the Merseyside club, and he also gets a hefty pay rise, since he’s reportedly gone from earning £65k-per-week at Arsenal to £120k-per-week at Liverpool.
While Chelsea would allegedly have paid him more and Arsenal were rumoured to have offered the England international £180k-per-week, which probably wasn’t true, combine Klopp, a pay rise and the chance of playing centrally and it must have been a no-brainer for him.