Liverpool came from behind to avoid a monumental scare at Anfield as they picked up all three points and continued the unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men defeated West Ham United 3-2 to move to within four wins of that elusive title with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane being the second-half saviours, although they can also thank Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for a pair of clangers.
There was also an encouraging impact from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who replaced Naby Keita in the 57th minute, just three minutes after the visitors took a 2-1 lead.
And fans have hailed his cameo on social media. Here’s what has been said…
This Ox masterclass after forever
— AOC15 (@B2BRole) February 24, 2020
Ox was a game changer. First game I feel Keita was not up to par
— Hypothetical Human (@johnnyboyrican) February 24, 2020
Agreed. Thought ox was the catalyst to many players. Enjoyed watching firmino too.
— Big Boss (@sattapaal) February 24, 2020
Ox was brilliant when he came on
— Liverpool Daily (@LiverpoolDaily9) February 24, 2020
One supporter hailed the 26-year-old as a “gamechanger” whilst another described his showing as a “masterclass” because it was that impactful.
Per SofaScore, Oxlade-Chamberlain managed two key passes, one successful dribble and 84% passing accuracy in 33 minutes of action.
It has led to fans speaking about the chance specifically as many believed he should have started over Naby Keita, particularly in the absence of captain Jordan Henderson.
Ox is legit the reason we won tonight.
Don't @ me
— Cam (@CamWild52) February 24, 2020
Ox came on and totally changed the game. Another managerial master class from Klopp.
— muhammad. (@muhammad_manjra) February 24, 2020
Shouldve started Ox.
— . (@Adhityap_) February 24, 2020
A further member of the Anfield faithful even claimed that the Englishman was the very reason why they managed to clinch all three points.
While Klopp was also held in high acclaim for making the move.
Others were left debating who was the better player between Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain with one overriding victor.
The difference between Ox and Keita is staggering. Ox all day long. #LIVWHU
— Tom (@TomCambs) February 24, 2020
Far better than keita atm
— Drew (@drewHxH) February 24, 2020
Much better than Keita
— TjW (@papicornetto) February 24, 2020
Ox is levels better than Keïta, easily been one of our best in the second half of the season.
— Joe Saraçlı (@JoeSaracli) February 24, 2020
The difference between the two was called “staggering” by one supporter while another claimed the former Arsenal man was “levels better” than his midfield counterpart.
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