Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stated that he used to imagine scoring goals like Anfield legend Steven Gerrard.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a solid campaign thus far. The midfielder has scored five goals for Liverpool in all competitions this season, which is a solid return from a midfielder.
During his time at the club, Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored some truly special goals. There are two strikes that stick out in his mind.
The first was against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup this season, and the second was against Manchester City in the 2017-18 Champions League.
Both goals were somewhat similar to the type of goals Gerrard scored on a consistent basis for the Reds. Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that used to pretend to score goals similar to Gerrard. Now, however, he doesn’t need to pretend.
He also stated that he enjoyed the goal he scored against Genk this season in the Champions League, which required a bit of skill to execute.
“My second goal in Genk was different,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the official Liverpool FC magazine. “It’s a goal I can appreciate a lot more because of the skill of it.
“The technique that I tried doesn’t come off all the time, but for me the goals I scored against Man City and Arsenal in front of the Kop are my favourites.
“The intensity of smashing one in, in front of the Kop, there’s no better feeling. The feeling I got instantly off the back of the Arsenal goal… for me, that’s what I live for.”
He added: “I used to watch Stevie Gerrard smash them in, in front of the Kop, and imagine the feeling that would give me. Goals like that give me a buzz like nothing else.
“The Genk goal was a bit like, ‘Ooh, it’s gone in.’ It caught me a bit by surprise that I tried it and it actually went in!
“Afterwards I’ve probably appreciated it a lot more, but when I watch back the Man City goals and the Arsenal goal, I get goose bumps. They’re the ones I enjoy scoring more.”
It is interesting to hear just how much of an icon Gerrard is to Oxlade-Chamberlain. Gerrard is obviously on a completely different level, but there are aspects of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s game which are similar.
His ability to score from outside the box is similar to Gerrard’s. There have been a number of goals Liverpool’s No. 15 has scored from range, which highlights that it is no fluke.