Once again, Jurgen Klopp’s winning-Liverpool-machine got the job done to move a gargantuan 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
The European champions made it 15 consecutive league victories in the capital as Liverpool became the first team in top-flight history to beat all of their 19 Premier League opponents in a single season before January.
Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were on the scoresheet to help record Liverpool’s 23rd league win of the season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 26, gave the perfect audition to his German manager in Liverpool’s midfield triumvirate as the Englishman registered his fifth goal of the season.
What a way to cap off a half-century of appearances at the same ground he scored his inaugural Liverpool goal back in November 2017.
The former Arsenal midfielder – who is currently on £120,000-a-week [Spotrac] – was very impressive alongside Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum against the Hammers although he is still yet to play a full 90 minutes in the league for nearly two years.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – who joined Liverpool from Arsenal in 2018 for a £40m [The Guardian] fee – once again returned to the ground he has enjoyed so much success since his inaugural bout at West Ham’s new home in 2016.
He scored for Arsenal on his first appearance at the impressive sports venue during a 5-1 victory in December 2016. 11 months later he returned to inflict further misery for the Hammers supporters to score his first Premier League goal for Liverpool in a 4-1 win over two years ago.
The England international made it three consecutive goals in three starts at the London Stadium following his second league goal of the season on Wednesday night. Oxlade-Chamberlain has now been on the scoresheet in every appearance he has made at the iconic sports ground.
He has now started four consecutive league matches for the Reds for the first time since April 2018 and delivered his best performance since returning to the senior XI with the pressure increasing before-hand due to the return of midfield duo Fabinho and Naby Keita.
In 71 games for Liverpool, he has now scored 11 goals and registered eight assists.
The former Southampton academy graduate offers something unique in comparison to Klopp’s other midfield options. His unwavering determination to drive forward and beat opponents gives the Reds another dimension in attack – especially on the break.
This was epitomised during Liverpool’s second goal when the Englishman burst forward alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to get on the end of a devestating Reds counter-attack. Oxlade-Chamberlain is now the team’s highest-scoring midfielder this season.
With Fabinho still easing his way back into first-team contention, Oxlade-Chamberlain has proven that he can step up to the plate when called upon by his manager.