Liverpool are the new champions of the footballing world after recording a 1-0 victory over Flamengo in the Club World Cup final on Saturday evening.
2019 has been a special year for everybody associated with the club and the weekend triumph simply added another golden touch to what has already been an incredible twelve months.
Naturally, the players were compelled to celebrate in style at the end of proceedings even with the trip to Leicester City looming on Boxing Day, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was no exception to the rule despite collecting an injury during the match.
The England international started the game in central midfield but was eventually withdrawn after 75 minutes, with Adam Lallana stepping on in his place.
But the injury did not prevent him from joining his players post-match.
Armed with a pair of crutches and wearing a protective boot on his foot, the 26-year-old midfielder led the celebrations behind-the-scenes like an aspiring EDM DJ.
Amidst a host of generic images of players holding the Club World Cup trophy, this image of Oxlade-Chamberlain was the most refreshing and endearing to see.
The sheer look of adoration and excitement on Jordan Henderson’s face suggests he’s won a competition to see his idol DJ Ox in action for the very first time, but the prominence of the crutches provides a reminder of the potential cost of this trip to Qatar.
With Fabinho already sidelined, Klopp will now take his side to the King Power after Christmas without two of his most influential central midfielders and the long-term impact of Liverpool’s hectic schedule is seemingly already beginning to manifest.
Nobody could deprive Oxlade-Chamberlain of his chance to celebrate another huge Liverpool achievement, but beneath the ecstasy lies a worrying sub-plot for Klopp to consider ahead of the New Year.
The signing of Takumi Minamino is looking smarter by the day.