In the 75th minute of Liverpool’s game against Crystal Palace this past weekend, Liverpool twitter (and people sitting in their houses) synchronously began chanting:
ox ox ox
OX OX OX
OX OX OX
Fan favorite, and player most likely to host his own game show, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stepped on the field for the first time this season. While fans were obviously excited to see the enigmatic midfielder back on the field, they weren’t the only ones amped up.
“Very nice to see Ox back,” said Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson.
“He’s been working extremely hard to get back. Looking sharp again and I thought he did well when he came on.”
Despite it just being a 15 minute run out to knock some rust off, Ox did manage to provide an assist for Mohamed Salah’s second goal of the game. In fact, Ox completed 10 our of 10 passes, including two long balls. While it was pretty much a training ground session at that point, it was still nice to see Ox moving well and pinging the ball around.
“[T]he more minutes he can get, the better really because he’s a big addition to our team,” continued Hendo the Magnificent.
“We’ve got a little bit of a break going into the next game but after that it comes thick and fast. So we need to be ready for that.”
Somehow, Jordan Henderson and the gang have not only managed to navigate a disastrous run of injuries during an insane fixture, they managed to win their group in the Champions League and top the Premier League table at Christmas yet again. With players like Ox returning to the fold, Liverpool might just manage to keep their run for the title steaming ahead.