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Liverpool backed to complete cut-price January sale of star pundit can’t believe Klopp’s handling of

Liverpool midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones

A Liverpool midfielder who a pundit can’t believe doesn’t play ahead of two struggling stars has been backed to join another Premier League side in January.

What initially looked nothing more than a slow start is quickly becoming a major concern at Anfield. The Reds have won just two of their opening seven matches in the league this season.

Jamie Carragher is adamant the midfield is the catalyst behind all their problems.

He presided over a scathing piece of analysis on Monday Night Football that included a statistic that ranked Liverpool as the worst in the league.

The Daily Mail’s Dominic King predicted Jurgen Klopp will change his customary 4-3-3 formation for the visit of Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday night. A switch to 4-2-3-1 could be on the agenda, while Trent Alexander-Arnold could be axed.

Regardless, Liverpool won’t truly overcome their issues until their midfield is addressed. The only way to do that is in the transfer market.

Jude Bellingham is their top target and the latest on Liverpool’s pursuit can be found here. However, before Liverpool can overhaul their midfield, a series of exits must be sanctioned first.

All three of Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out of contract next summer. According to Football Insider, Liverpool have no intention of offering Oxlade-Chamberlain an extension.

He was valued around the £25m mark last summer but no bids were received. Per the outlet, Liverpool are content to see out the 29-year-old’s contract before letting him leave for free next summer.

However, according to pundit Frank McAvennie, that course of action would be a mistake.

Pundit baffled by Henderson and Milner faith

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Scotland international labelled West Ham a perfect place to reignite his career, perhaps with Jesse Lingard’s stellar loan spell a few seasons ago in mind.

The pundit also suggested the Reds could easily generate a £15m fee and is bewildered as to why he hasn’t played more for Klopp when fit.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently sidelined with yet another injury. However, even when he has been fit, the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner have generally got the nod ahead of him.

“I think he’s a good player,” said McAvennie. “They’ll get £15m for him that’s for sure.

“He’s not getting a game anyway. It’s strange how such a good talent is not even getting in.

“I would’ve thought he’d be in before [James] Milner and [Jordan] Henderson because he’s younger and he’s got that pace and energy.

“Something’s not right. He’s a wonderful player and if he wants to move then he needs to go because your career just goes all of a sudden. You need to play every week.

“I don’t get how people can just sit there and not mind not playing at the weekend, it would drive me nuts.

“He’s a talent I really do like him, he’d be a good player at West Ham.“

What will Liverpool do with the Ox?

Common sense would dictate they sell in January given it’ll be their last chance if a new contract isn’t in the works.

Liverpool don’t tend to rack up high net spends either, meaning generating a sum like £15m could go a long way to aiding their pursuits in the summer.

The original article claimed Liverpool don’t intend to sell in January. Exactly why wasn’t stated, but it may be due to the unprecedented fixture pile-up the World Cup has caused.

What’s more, Keita is rarely available through his own injury issues. The likes of Milner, Henderson and Thiago Alcantara tend to pick up more injuries than most too.

As such, Oxlade-Chamberlain may be called upon in the second half of the season if he can get himself fit.

A January sale would make more sense, but Liverpool’s midfield is already struggling enough without removing another of Klopp’s options.

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