Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explains his reason for choosing Liverpool over Chelsea

Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, believes Jurgen Klopp’s side will offer him the perfect platform to realise the potential he has showcased only sporadically during an injury-interrupted six year stint in north London.
‘The first thing was the tough decision to leave Arsenal,’ he told Sky Sports.

Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a new deal worth £180,000-a-week at Arsenal and took a significant pay cut to join Liverpool in a £35million deal on deadline day.

‘That was the only thing that was really tough for me and the deliberation but Liverpool was the only option for me in terms of where I thought I would be playing.
‘The team and the feel of the whole football club in general just sat right with me.

‘I think there are really exciting things to come here and especially with this manager so I felt it was right for me to push to be a part of that
‘I’m delighted that I finally got the opportunity to.’

The midfielder was set for a move to Chelsea, but turned down the opportunity as Antonio Conte had plans to play him as a wing-back to provide competition for Victor Moses.

And former Chelsea goalkeeper Schwarzer thinks Oxlade-Chamberlain made the right choice heading to Anfield.

“I think it’s a massive challenge for him,” Schwarzer told Sky Sports’ The Debate Show.

“At Arsenal he was a little bit stale.

“He became a little bit comfortable and frustrated he didn’t play in the position he wanted to.

“I’m actually really happy for him – it’s a great move for him and I think it’s the right move for him.

“I think it was probably as much as it pains me to say it, a better move than going to Chelsea.

“It suits him way he plays and Jurgen Klopp ideal for him.

“The high intensity of Liverpool and with the pace he has, he will play more of an attacking role.

“To me, he’s more exciting to watch in that more forward role than in a wing-back position.”

More Breaking News:
Chelsea legend Lampard returns to help out Jody Morris.

It has only been seven months since Frank Lampard hung up his boots, so it will come as no surprise that the Chelsea legend is still in excellent shape.

The 39-year-old has now turned his hand to coaching, and was back at Cobham this week to help his old friend Jody Morris out with the Under 18s team.

Lampard put the youngsters through their paces in a number of training drills alongside his former team-mate, before taking part himself in an impressive game of El Rondo.

The coaches put two of the youth players in the middle of a circle, before undertaking a one-touch passing drill with the other youngsters, racking up an exceptional 84 passes before possession was lost.

Morris still has a few tricks up his sleeve too, as he bamboozled the ‘piggy in the middle’ with his skill to keep the ball away.

The former midfielder has been manager of Chelsea’s Under 18s since last summer, but before that was working in the academy for four years.

Lampard and Morris played together at Stamford Bridge for two years, before Morris moved on to Leeds, before spells at Millwall and St Johnstone among others.

Lampard, meanwhile, stayed in west London for a further 11 years, becoming a legend for both club and country.

Following the end of his Chelsea career, he moved to Manchester City before heading stateside to New York City FC, his final club before retirement.

Since hanging up his boots, Lampard has undertaken punditry duties with BT Sport, while also turning his hand to coaching.

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