LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 11, 2022: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 4 game between Glasgow Rangers FC and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

Brighton targeting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in January – but on 1 condition

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being linked with a move away from Liverpool before the end of the January transfer window, with Brighton said to be targeting him.

With his contract due to expire at the end of this season, Oxlade-Chamberlain was widely expected to leave the Reds on a free transfer this coming summer.

However, according to the Mail‘s Sami Mokbel, who has had close links to the player’s camp in the past, there is a possibility that the Liverpool midfielder could depart this month.

Mokbel says Brighton have registered an interest in signing Oxlade-Chamberlain, but believes a deal hinges on whether Liverpool would allow him to leave for free this month.

Given the club’s current injury record, with just three senior forwards fit and available, that would seem unlikely for the time being.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, January 2, 2023: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the FA Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at the Brentford Community Stadium. Brentford won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But with Oxlade-Chamberlain a loyal servant to Liverpool for almost six years, if the 29-year-old is keen on a move to the Amex this month, there may be a possibility that Liverpool would allow him to leave for nothing.

Ridding his wages and freeing up a space in the squad could make even more sense if the club have their eye on another new signing before the close of the window.

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed a large chunk of the first half of the season with a hamstring problem, but returned to fitness in November and has made several starts since the resumption of Liverpool’s season last month.

He was, however, an unused substitute in Saturday’s draw with Chelsea.

Speaking to Football Focus prior to that game, Oxlade-Chamberlain said he still feels he has plenty more to offer on the pitch in the coming years, and is keen for his son, who is almost two years old now, to remember his playing days.

“A big motivation for me is trying to stay at a really good level for as long as possible, so that he can see me,” he explained.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Friday, December 16, 2022: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the pre-match warm-up before the Dubai Super Cup 2022 match between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at the Al Maktoum Stadium. Liverpool won 4-1 but lost the extra-point penalty shoot-out 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Obviously my Dad did it, but he did have me until he was 32. I didn’t actually see him too often.

“I’m 29 now, he’s nearly two, so he should be able to remember me. It gives you that bit of motivation to stay at that level.”

When asked if he still had the same fire in him to impress on the pitch that he had at a younger age, Oxlade-Chamberlain said:

“Yeah, definitely.

“There’s a lot of competition for places, so when you do get the opportunity, it makes you that little bit more hungry to make sure you take it.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, December 22, 2022: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) gets past Manchester City's Rico Mark Lewis during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I still feel like there’s more in me for sure.”

Brighton, on paper, would be an ideal move for Oxlade-Chamberlain, allowing him to return to the south coast where he grew up.

Adam Lallana has enjoyed a positive spell with the Seagulls since leaving Anfield in July 2020, with Roberto De Zerbi’s side going from strength to strength in recent weeks.

If their interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain is genuine, it will be interesting to see if he plays any part in the Reds’ FA Cup fourth round tie at the Amex this Sunday.