Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be sidelined for the Champions League final through injury, but that hasn’t stopped the Liverpool midfielder helping two fans make the journey to Kiev.
Reds fan Joe Jaggar was desperate to snaffle tickets for the clash with Real Madrid on May 26, having already booked flights to Ukraine.
However, he missed out in a UEFA ballot offering 16,000 tickets, leaving him the horrible task of telling four-year-old son Bobbi that they would not be inside the stadium for the club’s biggest match in years.
Or so he thought..
But incredibly, he woke up at 4:30am on Saturday morning to a message from Oxlade-Chamberlain saying he had secured them two tickets.
“Hi mate I’ve brought you and the little man a ticket for the final”, read Ox’s message.
“Just so you know you are sorted! I’ll figure out how best to get them to you and let you know.”
Bobbi rose to prominence after the Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City, when Oxlade-Chamberlain went over to hug him and hand him his shirt.
Joe and Bobbi will be joined on their trip to Kiev with 65-year-old father and grandfather Colin, who secured a ticket via a friend.
It’s it been a bit of a roller coaster for Joe, who recounted to BBC Sport:
“I went to bed on Friday night in a stinker of a mood. I fell asleep and woke up about 4:30am and scrolled through my notifications, when I saw two messages from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saying he had got me two tickets.
“I started crying when I saw the messages. I’m not even ashamed to admit that. I couldn’t believe what lengths he had gone to for me and Bobbi.”
The Ox = top bloke.