Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was influential, commanding and confident against Tottenham on Wednesday and he deserved to reach the Carabao Cup semi-final.
If I was the Ox, I would be in Jurgen Klopp’s office this morning telling the boss that I want to start the next cup clash.
He did everything. Score, block shots, intercept passes, trigger presses and bomb Liverpool forward to level the score.
He would probably agree as the German has been increasingly frustrated with the state of his squad recently and he will be delighted with how Chamberlain performed last night.
Chamberlain got to feel like Gerrard
The former Arsenal star has repeatedly said over the years that Steven Gerrard is his hero. So to see the no.15 pull the strings from deep, make bombing runs and control the game was incredible.
He admitted after winning the Premier League in 2020 that Gerrard inspires him and that was evident at Anfield.
Chamberlain might not have the same technique, and you never want to be directly compared to such an iconic player, but Gerrard always shone in cup games and so did the 28-year-old.
Speaking about Gerrard in 2020, Ox said: “We have our little spells hopefully making history at this football club, we’ve got to do our bit to inspire the next generation like Steven Gerrard inspired me.”
‘It’s the best Ox since I’m here’
This is the finest spell that Chamberlain has had in terms of injury at Liverpool. It is no surprise that he’s playing his best football.
Every poor game that Thiago or Jordan Henderson have will be met by pressure from Chamberlain in training. That is the goal though. When you’re competing for silverware, you want every position in the side to be highly contested.
“Just good. It’s pretty much the best Oxlade since I’m here,” Klopp said, as per Liverpool‘s official website.
“I know he was more spectacular in moments and scored wonderful goals against City and stuff like this, really good goals for us, last year Burnley, all these kinds of things.
“But it’s a completely new quality, like calming the game down, being not only the sprinter with the ball or the shooter, stuff like this, but really being involved in all the different things we do on the pitch.
“It’s a massive step. I’m really happy with Ox in the moment and hopefully it stays like this.”