After five consecutive uneventful transfer deadline days, Liverpool have decided to go big in 2017, and when all is said and done, may end up splashing nearly £200m over the course of 24 hours. The jury is still out on whether Thomas Lemar and Virgil van Dijk will be leaning in red by Thursday night, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been confirmed as a Liverpool player, and will travel to Anfield after spending six seasons with Arsenal at the Emirates.
Rumours abounded that Chelsea were also interested in attaining the services of the 24-year old, and Arsenal were reportedly willing to shell out a stunning £180k per week for Chamberlain to extend his contract, but the former Southampton man had his heart set on Liverpool, specifically working with Reds manager Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool Echo report that the charismatic German was the main reason Oxlade-Chamberlain chose Liverpool to be his home for the coming five years. Glowing recommendations from international teammates Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge supposedly sealed the deal, and when the Klopportunity finally arrived, the versatile midfielder grabbed it with both hands.
Quotes are sure to arrive, alongside leans and pens held precariously over blank pieces of paper and claims to have secretly supported Liverpool since before birth, but for now, fans can revel in the fact that they have a manager that makes a difference, in more ways than one.