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Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain has revealed his desperation to work with Jurgen Klopp was the reason he decided to leave Arsenal for Liverpool.
The midfielder completed a deadline day move to Anfield after rejecting a contract renewal at Arsenal. His decision to leave the club after seven years didn’t go down well with Wenger and the boss didn’t hold back his anger in a face to face talk with the midfielder.
Chamberlain is now claiming that he decided to join Liverpool because of 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 Daily Cannon.
“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 Ox cost Liverpool £35m, which is good business for Arsenal considering he had just one year left in his contract. However, his decision to leave after we spent time and patience on his development could put him on Gooners bad book.