Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool FC signing made no sense

The Liverpool FC manager should have signed a defender, not Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer, claims Eamon Dunphy

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson Photo: Jordan Henderson / Instagram

Eamon Dunphy has criticised Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of a new defender in the summer transfer window.

The Reds boss looked to sign Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk in the summer but the Merseyside outfit were unable to get a deal over the line for the centre-half.

Liverpool were forced to issue a statement apologising to the Saints about their pursuit of the Netherlands international.

Van Dijk handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a summer move but the Saints refused to budge and Van Dijk remained at the south coast club for the start of the 2017-18 season.

Liverpool signed Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £40m deal on transfer deadline day after the England international snubbed a potential move to Chelsea.

The 24-year-old hasn’t started a Premier League game since his move to Anfield and his only goal came in a 7-0 victory over Slovenian outfit Maribor.

Former Manchester United midfielder Dunphy blasted the Liverpool manager Klopp showed a lack of common sense with his transfer dealings.

“He just spent £40m on Oxlade Chamberlain, who was a squad player at Arsenal and will be at Liverpool. He’s got no position,” Dunphy told RTE Sport.

“Anyone with common sense and a sense of priority would have spent it on a defender.”

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a return to the Champions League.

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