Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain labelled the strike that earned him Liverpool's Goal of the Season award 'one of the highlights of my career'.
The midfielder’s ferocious long-range drive against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Anfield scooped the prize, which he received at Melwood on Thursday.
Following a fan vote, an expert panel determined that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s effort was worthy of the accolade ahead of Mohamed Salah’s stunning solo goal versus Tottenham Hotspur in February and the Egyptian’s classy opener against AS Roma last month.
The No.21 could not attend the Players’ Awards ceremony at Anfield as he continues his recovery from a knee injury that ended his campaign prematurely.
However, he recorded a special message after being presented with his trophy at the Reds’ training facility earlier in the day.
“Sorry I couldn’t be there tonight. I’ve got a good excuse with my knee… I’m able to put my feet up and relax. I wish I could be there,” he said.
“I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone who voted for me for Goal of the Season.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of my career to be able to score in a quarter-final of the Champions League with quite a special goal. It was definitely one of the highlights of my season.
“A big thank-you to everyone who voted me for that.
“To be able to contribute to the Champions League run has been fantastic – hopefully the boys can finish it off and get me a medal! Thanks again.”