Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was inspired by Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season on route to scoring two goals on Wednesday’s 4-1 win at Genk.
In what was his first Champions League start since April 2018, Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered a man-of-the-match display to help Liverpool claim a convincing 4-1 win over Genk in Group E.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who missed practically all of last season due to a Cruciate Ligament Rupture, took just two minutes to fire Liverpool in front.
His second goal, arguably, was the highlight of the night having cooly finished off Roberto Firmino’s pass with a first-time touch.
And now Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was on the bench in June’s 2-0 final win over Tottenham, revealed that game inspired him in Belgium.
“It’s nice to be back out there,” the 26-year-old told BT Sport.
It’s a special tournament to play in. A competition that we all want to grow up and play in one day.
“Seeing the boys do so well in it last year, then I was fortunate to get back involved on the bench on the big day in the final. Watching the boys bring it home was inspirational and [made it] something that I’ve wanted to get back to do.
“It’s just nice to be back in the starting line-up, trying to put in a performance to help the team. To get a few goals is a bonus.”
James Milner added: “Everyone will be delighted for him.
“The things people don’t see behind the scenes at a training ground, the long hours and time spent in the treatment room and gym on their own.
“I think that goal was coming, to be honest. He had a couple of sighters at Old Trafford [during Liverpool’s 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday], 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 with dribbling ability.
“It’s good to have him back as another option in that midfield where there’s great competition for places.”
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both scored in the final 13 minutes to wrap up all three points for Liverpool despite Stephen Odey’s late goal for Genk.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit a point behind Group E leaders Napoli on six points from three games.