Robin van Persie admits he was in awe of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’ ‘beautiful’ goal during Liverpool’s 4-1 Champions League win at Genk on Wednesday night.
The England international missed virtually the entirety of last season with a serious knee injury but was handed an opportunity as Jurgen Klopp refreshed his side in Belgium, with the 26-year-old scoring twice to set Liverpool on their way to a comfortable group stage win.
Further goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah would complete the scoring, though it was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s second of the evening that will live long in the memory.
The midfielder would execute an audacious first time effort from just outside the area, using the outside of his right boot to guide the ball in off the crossbar following Roberto Firmino’s lay-off.
Van Persie, a former teammate of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s at Arsenal, was full of praise following his stunning effort and says the Liverpool star has the ability to produce magical moments on a regular basis.
Absolute class from The Ox!! 😱
First time ✔️
Outside of the boot ✔️
In off the crossbar ✔️
He's got his second of the night and it is truly sublime! pic.twitter.com/nqV2xBGnno
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 23, 2019
“The second, third and fourth goals were all amazing, especially the second,” Van Persie said on BT Sport. “It’s so beautiful.
“Most strikers don’t imagine it, eight out of ten don’t even think about it, two who actually think about it, one of the two can’t even do it. The way he executed that goal is so beautiful.
“I’m so happy for him, I used to play with him at Arsenal, I saw that ability. He has potential to be a top player, if he can do those type of goals he can become that type of player. That goal is like one you will score once in your life.”