Liverpool fans have shared their hope that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's engagement to Perrie Edwards can improve his performances for the Reds.
The midfielder popped the question to the Little Mix singer on Friday, with Edwards releasing pictures of the romantic moment. The couple have been dating since 2016 and are now set to tie the knot after Oxlade-Chamberlain got on one knee in front of a stunning sunset.
The pictures Edwards released shows her with her hands over her mouth in apparent shock before Oxlade-Chamberlain gets up to show her the ring close-up. While this is obviously a fantastic moment for their family, Liverpool fans are hopeful there can be another benefit.
Oxlade-Chamberlain struggled for game-time under Jurgen Klopp last season, instead mostly being consigned to a role as a substitute. But the Englishman's talent is obvious and Reds fans are hoping his engagement can help to drive better performances.
"Hopefully this brings out a new Ox we need that in midfield man, please," one fan wrote. Other supporters added: "The league isn’t ready for a married Oxlade- Chamberlain" and "the league ain’t ready for married Oxlade-Chamberlain."
A third said: "He’s gunna turn into a different beast after gets married." Some also called for him to jump ahead of Naby Keita in the pecking order under Klopp: "needs to play this season instead of keita."
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With just a year remaining on his contract and opportunities scarce at Anfield, there have been some suggestions that the midfielder could leave Merseyside this summer. But Klopp recently appeared to shut down those claims.
“I don't want to see anyone leave but that's life and the situation. No-one has told me they want to leave. No agent called and said: 'If he's not playing more (he wants to leave)'. We will see what happens," Klopp said in May.
"Whatever has already happened this season is possible because of the group we have. We have world-class players in moments, mixed up with kids. I have no idea who wants to go and I don't see that really."
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