After the match, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spoke—at length—about the fantastic team effort that made a tricky trip to London seem rather routine.
Sorry, Ox, but I’m completely uninterested in you praising Jordan Henderson and Alisson Becker. Again.
Of course, we expect nothing less from the English international. From his first few months with the club where he had the unenviable task of jumping on grenades for the soon-to-depart Philippe Coutinho, he’s always been happy to praise teammates.
But I’m not here for that. I’m hear for him talking about his fantastic goal.
“It was a great pass and I knew Lanzini was close to getting there, so I needed to get in front of him and even make him foul me,” Ox said to the club’s official website.
“There was a bit of contact but I managed to stay on my feet and just tried to stay composed and finish it, so it was nice to see that one go in.
“I don’t always find myself in that position so it was nice and I think it set us up for a controlled performance to see the game out.”
The strike, coming just after the half, helped Liverpool make easy work of West Ham on a night that could have ended very differently without the insurance goal. It allowed the Reds to control the match, and even rotate to get some much-needed minutes into the legs of Fabinho and Naby Keita.
It was also a fantastic bit of skill, both by Mohamed Salah to play Ox in, and for the English midfielder to drive at goal, stay on his feet, and finish with ease.
Although this side is fantastic at seeing out 1-goal leads, the second goal was very much appreciated, and deserved from a fantastic performance last night—from Ox and the rest of the team.