Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he purposely made eye contact and grinned at Raheem Sterling after scoring against the Premier League champions in January.
The ex-Arsenal player is good friends with the former Liverpool man off the pitch, but his admission will certainly please a lot of Reds as Sterling isn’t particularly well liked on Merseyside.
Speaking to YouTube channel Colossal TV, Oxlade-Chamberlain said:
“It was a big goal for us as we wanted to start the game well, so yeah it was a big moment for us and it’s always nice to score in front of The Kop.”
When asked if he searched for Sterling when heading back to the halfway line for the restart, Oxlade-Chamberlain said:
“On the way back? Of course I did. I had to let him know I’d arrived, I was in the game, had to let him know I was in the game.”
“I can’t really remember what I was thinking, I was just buzzing. But on the way back I was definitely thinking, where’s Raz? I clocked eyes and there wasn’t really much love coming back.”
Sterling was sat alongside Oxlade-Chamberlain during the interview and confirmed that the Liverpool man had left him annoyed and agitated.
“I went to bed that night fuming because I could see his little face grinning on the way back to the halfway line.”
“He’s my boy and everything, but I was raging. To my teammates, I was like anybody else but Ox, I’d want anybody else to score.”