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Oxlade-Chamberlain hails mentality of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool players

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool know what it will take to win further silverware and praised the mentality of Jurgen Klopp and his side.

Liverpool sit top of the Premier League after two games of the new season, whilst they also lifted the Uefa Super Cup after beating Chelsea 5-4 on penalties in Istanbul on August 14.

Some have suggested the European champions are yet to hit the levels of last season, though Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised his side for being able to ‘dig in’ and find a way to win.

“We’ve had a taste of winning [a trophy] and we knew what it took to get there,” the 26-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com. “It was nowhere near easy. I think it’s going to get harder and harder.

“We know what it’s going to take, there are going to be moments that test us and maybe new tests this year that we didn’t face last year.

“We had to dig in, the boys dug in all last year through difficult moments, where you’re expected to win and still go out and win. We know there’s going to be tests and we know that’s what’s required.”

The England international believes last season’s success has given the squad the experience to deliver more trophies in the coming years.

The 26-year-old praised the mentality of Klopp and the rest of the squad, and believes the Merseyside club are ‘really going in the right direction’ to enjoy a period of sustained success.

“Mentally, this group of players is top drawer. The manager is one of the most mentally persistent managers out there, for sure, he keeps us going.

“We know what the demands are on each other. And I think that has grown in the team, there are more and more leaders coming out of this side – not just Hendo (Jordan Henderson), Millie (James Milner), Virg (Virgil van Dijk). Everyone is starting to take responsibility for what they need to do on and off the ball.

“It’s a team that’s really going in the right direction. But it’s early in the season; we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, keep plugging away and keep churning out results.”

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