James Milner was full of praise for Liverpool teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Wednesday’s Champions League win over Genk, managing to tie in a joke about his performance against Manchester United.
Oxlade-Chamberlain marked his first start in Europe in 18 months with two brilliant goals, the first a low drive into the corner and the second a cute first-time chip which cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and in.
The Englishman’s two goals were added to later on by Sadio Mane and Mo Salah goals before Stephen Odey grabbed a consolation towards the end, as the Reds made it two wins in a row in the Champions League.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Milner was delighted to see his fellow midfielder back in action.
“Yeah it’s great, everyone will be delighted for him,” the 33-year-old said. “I think you’ve got to look at the things people don’t see behind the scenes at the training ground, the times in the treatment room and the gym on your own.
“I think that goal was coming tonight, he had a couple of sighters at Old Trafford just getting his range right. We want him to be positive when he’s in there, he’s got a great strike on him
“He’s good in those pockets and with his dribbling ability so it’s great to have him back and it’s another option for us in that midfield where there’s great competition for places.”
The result puts Liverpool second in Group E, one point behind Napoli who came out of a five-goal thriller with RB Salzburg with all three points.