The whispers about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been gaining some strength over the past week as the 23-year-old Arsenal player reportedly begins to renegotiate his contract terms with the North London club.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has previously been vocal about his frustrations with his changing role on Wenger’s side. Following Arsenal’s FA Cup win on Saturday, he once again took time to talk about his preferred position on the field: central midfield.
"Playing for a team like Arsenal, it ends up being more of a right-wing job,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told BT Sport. “I get the ball from deeper and the plays into my hands more. At the end of the day, it's given me minutes and I'm not one to complain.
"But, the centre mid role... I've always wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so I've still got a hope of that!"
Nine months out of twelve, a passing comment made about hero-worshipping someone sitting on the BT Sport team you’re talking to is hardly cause for scrutiny. However, with regular season over, and really not much to do but twiddle thumbs and speculate wildly, it’ll be no surprise if there’s a marked increase in Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool rumours flying around.
And it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. With Liverpool in the Champions League next season and the opportunity to play with a manager like Klopp who prizes versatility in his players, a move to Anfield may end up making a lot of sense for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
This is definitely one for the “wait and see” pile, but if the only thing really fanning the flames right now is a throwaway comment about Gerrard, we may be waiting for a while.