In case you missed it, Liverpool paid £35m for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on transfer deadline day.
No, we don’t understand it either.
Still, whatever floats your boat, and it’s fair to say Jurgen Klopp knows more about football than anyone who happens to be reading (or writing) this article. So perhaps – somehow – The Ox will end up developing into the top-class central midfielder that very few people ever thought he could be.
Only time will tell.
Last night, however, the Liverpool man was not on top form. Or rather, he was very much on Oxlade-Chamberlain form – frequently misplacing passes; controlling the ball with the elegance of a Sunday Leaguer who’s turned up for a match after a night on the discount Shiraz; curling shots gracefully into the fourth tier.
Here’s how BBC rated his display:
And it wasn’t lost on the Twitterverse, who laid into the Arsenal cast-off with characteristic aplomb…
Scuff a cross into the shins of the first defender over at PaddyPower.com
? ? Liverpool’s new £40m man… #ENGSVK pic.twitter.com/bJ7lJ1gBmf
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) September 5, 2017
The real winners of the Oxlade-Chamberlain debacle = Arsenal.
35 large for that div.
Top bit of business by Gazidis & Co.#NetSpenditure ??
— TheFullConte. (@FullConte) September 5, 2017
The Times rated Oxlade-Chamberlain as the worst player on the pitch last night. Arsenal getting £35m for him incredible business.
— Hal (@haldad8) September 5, 2017
Maybe Arsenal's business in the transfer window wasn't as bad as everyone thought #OxladeChamberlain #England pic.twitter.com/UIFVOmnbmM
— Robert Redmond (@RobRedmond10) September 4, 2017
Oxlade Chamberlain is useless ??♂️#ENGSVK #EnglandvSlovakia #ENGSLO #LFC #AFC #CFC #COYG #YNWA #ARSENAL #ENGLAND pic.twitter.com/ftKjxGQACt
— N • E • M • O (@TafadzwaMunemo) September 4, 2017
So glad Chelsea didn’t sign oxlade chamberlain #ENGSVK #englandvsslovakia
— Spenny (@dspence09) September 4, 2017
So excited to see Ox at Liverpool ?#LFC #OxladeChamberlain pic.twitter.com/6DKeU9sKvT
— Ian Noble (@nobbian) September 4, 2017
Oxlade-Chamberlain, remember the name ?
— Bassam (@Limo_alan) September 5, 2017
Chelsea fans must be breathing a collective sigh of relief that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain turned them down.
— Sparkysue (@sparkysue) September 4, 2017
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain putting his training into practice…
£40m ???#ENGSVK #Arsenal #mcfc #mufc #cfc #thfc #afc #lfc #efc #lcfc #epl pic.twitter.com/07SEGZ4vfX
— OℝΑℂLΕ (@iSportsOracle) September 4, 2017
Every time oxlade chamberlain runs it outta play pic.twitter.com/z9ACIPllij
— Seun Immanuel (@Just_Zills) September 4, 2017
Run 50 yards with the ball before slicing it into the stands at PaddyPower.com
Oxlade-Chamberlain vs Slovakia
9% pass accuracy
0 chances created
-4 successful takeons
0 goals or assists
1 scratch of balls with kids hand pic.twitter.com/D3hfVEr5ih
— GoonersInUSA Podcast (@GoonersinUSA) September 4, 2017