Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he has by no means performed in a staff which believes it could actually win each time it goes out onto the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders have dropped simply two factors this season having racked up 13 victories and one draw to determine an eight-point benefit over second-placed Leicester.
However even the strain of sustaining their profitable run, which appears to develop with each recreation for a membership looking for their first title since 1990, has not affected the mentality in accordance with Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“I’m going into it (a recreation) with the mindset that we’re going to win. I feel that’s how all of us really feel,” the England worldwide informed the PA information company.
“We’re going into the video games anticipating ourselves to win and the rest we’re disenchanted with.
“I feel that’s credit score to the great work that we’ve carried out as a staff over the previous couple of years to be in that place.
“There’s instances in my profession the place I positively haven’t gone into all video games 100 per cent assured that the staff’s going to return away profitable however with this staff, I’ve that form of perception in us.
“I feel that’s the mentality it’s worthwhile to achieve success, to have these excessive requirements that nothing else is appropriate. You then’ve received to let historical past take its course.
“Clearly it may not occur each time however if you’re going into video games with that form of mindset and perception it simplifies the whole lot else.”
Such has been Liverpool’s dominance this season – defending champions Manchester Metropolis had been swept apart Three-1 at Anfield a month in the past and path by 11 factors at this early stage – that many pundits are saying the title is theirs to lose.
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It’s a sentiment which isn’t entertained within the dressing room.
“I don’t dwell below a rock so I hear what folks say and the predictions that folks make,” added the previous Southampton and Arsenal midfielder.
“You possibly can’t not take discover of different outcomes which might be occurring round you and the desk from time-to-time. It’s half and parcel.
“When Man Metropolis had been out in entrance for some time a few seasons in the past they’d’ve had all of those form of issues to return up towards.
“You’ve received to only preserve going out and churning out outcomes. There could be a time the place outcomes don’t go so properly and folks perhaps shut the hole a little bit bit.
“We’ve received to be additionally prepared for these moments mentally as a staff to only preserve going and see what occurs.”
Subsequent up for Liverpool is the Merseyside derby at house to struggling Everton on Wednesday, with the Reds unbeaten towards their native rivals at Anfield since 1999.
Seemingly the guests’ one hope is that Liverpool’s poor house defensive kind – they haven’t stored a clear sheet in all 11 matches there this season – offers them an opportunity.
That has been aided by the suspension to first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who was despatched off in Saturday’s win over Brighton, leaving Adrian to deputise as he did when the Brazil worldwide missed 12 matches with a calf drawback earlier within the marketing campaign.
“Clearly clear sheets provide the greatest likelihood of going and profitable the sport,” stated Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“I don’t assume we’re leaking a great deal of objectives however most likely just some little foolish errors right here and there all around the pitch.
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“However even when now we have been conceding, we’re nonetheless discovering a option to give you the products and more often than not on the minute it’s been profitable the sport.
“However the first job of the staff is to defend and to cease the opposite staff from scoring after which the standard now we have ought to give us the most effective likelihood to go and win video games.”