Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that he had to stop himself from removing his shirt and going “mad” following his goal against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Having trailed 3-2 at half-time during the EFL Cup clash at Anfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain cut the deficit to 4-3 on 58 minutes with a brilliant strike from outside the box – his third such goal this season.
Liverpool went on to win the penalty shootout after Divock Origi’s 94th-minute equaliser made it 5-5, but speaking to The Independent, former Gunner Oxlade-Chamberlain said it was hard not to celebrate his long-range effort.
“At the minute the [goals] are not tap-ins, let’s put it that way,” the Englishman said. “It was a pretty good goal so it was really hard to keep the celebrations in but that is always something that I knew I would do against my former club.
“I always want to show a lot of respect for Arsenal and what they did for me and the times I had there.
“I didn’t want to celebrate but it was a tough one to hold in. I wanted to take my shirt off and go mad. I have been given license to shoot from outside the box and the last few games I’ve managed to do that. Hopefully it continues.”
Speaking about his role in the Liverpool side, Oxlade-Chamberlain added that he feels he needs to improve to nail down a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting lineup.
“Quality-wise, I am not too happy with my performance to be honest,” the 26-year-old said. “I wasn’t great on the ball and not near my own personal level of where I want to be. I put in a good shift and run a lot.
“I watch the boys of a weekend and I know what it is about here. You have got to be at a really high physical level to go and put in a performance like that.
“Fab [Fabinho] did really well at the weekend so I need to keep pushing myself and maybe I will get a chance.”
Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Aston Villa, who are also their opponents for the upcoming quarter-final clash after Wednesday’s last-16 tie.
Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals wild goal celebrations he planned v Arsenal