Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits it’s only going to become ‘harder and harder’ for Liverpool to win trophies after tasting their second major success in three months.
The Reds added the UEFA Super Cup to their cabinet last week by beating Chelsea in Istanbul, and they still have five more pieces of silverware to play for.
The team has been united in its expression of hunger and confidence, especially after landing the Champions League in June, but Ox warned that building on recent glory won’t be easy.
“We’ve had a taste of winning [a trophy] and we knew what it took to get there,” he 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.”
Fortunately, Jurgen Klopp has ‘mentality giants’ at his disposal who, as they have repeatedly shown, will refuse to crack under pressure.
And Ox says the emergence of ‘more and more leaders’ in the dressing room outside of those in line for the armband will only aid our cause.
“Mentally, this group of players is top drawer,” he stressed. “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, Millie, Virg. 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.”