Liverpool cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Belgian champions Genk on Wednesday night. It was a result for Kopites to savour for a few reasons, not least because of a brace scored by a fan favourite. The second Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goal was reminiscent of an iconic Steven Gerrard strike in the Champions League.
The Reds beat Genk thanks to two goals from The Ox and a goal each from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. Jürgen Klopp’s side went ahead after Oxlade-Chamberlain swept a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out after just two minutes. The lead was doubled when the England midfielder nonchalantly stabbed the ball with the outside of his foot to curl an effort in off the crossbar. Later on, Sadio Mane finished off a fine flowing move by the Reds, assisted by Mo Salah. The Egyptian King showcased his own ability when he rolled one defender and wrong footed another before tucking away to make it four goals for the Reds.
The second Oxlade-Chamberlain goal showed a lot of class. He took his shot first time and relied on a lot of curl to make the effort unstoppable for the keeper. As soon as he hit it, there was no chance for the man between the sticks. The goal was reminiscent of Steven Gerrard’s iconic goal against Olympique Marseilles. The former Reds skipper curled a ball into the top corner against the French side way back in 2008.
Whilst the Liverpool legend’s strike was from a much greater distance they both showed the same deadly instinct. Both players demonstrated incredible technique as they struck the ball first time, putting an enormous amount of curl on the ball in order to make it impossible to deal with for the keeper.
Seeing The Ox back with a bang is heartwarming for any Kopite. He was integral to our offensive play before his injury against Roma in 2018. Fingers crossed this isn’t the last Oxlade-Chamberlain goal this week.