Reds icon Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita’s disappointing Liverpool tenures, with the pair set to leave Anfield in the summer.
In his column for The Telegraph, the Sky Sports football pundit claims both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s tenures at Anfield have been disappointing.
Speaking of Liverpool’s midfield situation, Carragher wrote: “Jordan Henderson has been a fantastic servant, but at 32 there was always a possibility the burden of recent years would take its toll. The same is true of Fabinho, who is approaching his 30th birthday.
“Thiago Alcantara is a class player but often injured. James Milner, now 37, was out of contract last summer, but signed for another season.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita are in the final year of their deals after disappointing Liverpool careers.
“This makes the idea that the club has suddenly realised they need three midfielders rather than one misleading. Had Tchouaméni chosen Liverpool over Madrid a year ago, Klopp would still have had to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita and Milner this summer.”
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to leave Liverpool
Both Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain will depart the club as free agents at the end of the season.
Despite early hints of promise, Liverpool believes neither player has done enough to warrant a new contract. As a result, the two midfielders will leave at the end of their present contracts, which will expire this summer.
Keita joined the Reds in 2018 in a massive transfer of £52.75 million, while Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a year earlier for £40 million.
The Guinea international has made 129 appearances for the Reds in his five years at the club. Worryingly, just 77 of these were from the starting lineup.
Despite the extra year, the former England international has only made 146 appearances for the club, 70 of which have come from the starting eleven.
It would be unfair to say neither midfielder has shown any promise at Liverpool – both certainly have.
Their Anfield careers, though, have been marred by various injuries, which is likely how they will be remembered on Merseyside.