Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined Liverpool for £35 million in a surprise transfer deadline day deal.

24-year old Chamberlain signed a 5-year, £120,000 per week contract with the Reds.

The England midfielder, who has started all of Arsenal’s games this season, had earlier rejected a move to Chelsea.

“I know my choice might come as a surprise to many, and the decision to leave was tough after being a part of the club for so many years, but I feel that this move is right for the next stage in my ongoing development, ” he said in an Instagram post. 

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was “really happy” to have signed an “exciting” talent he “didn’t need to think twice” about.

The German described Oxlade-Chamberlain as a “positive” player who is “willing to take risks” and “has the mentality and desire to get even better”.

He added: “This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.

“He didn’t make an easy decision but I think he made a great one to go on this journey with this squad of talented boys and our great supporters. I welcome him to the Liverpool family.”