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Oxlade-Chamberlain explains why Liverpool are better now than PL title season

Liverpool won the Champions League and Premier League in back-to-back seasons before an injury-plagued years last campaign, but despite those successes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks the Reds are even better now

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that “relentless” Liverpool are better now than they’ve ever been.

In a message that will send shivers down the spine of famous old boy Steven Gerrard, who returns to Anfield this weekend for the first time as a manager, the midfielder said this is the best he’s ever seen the Reds.

And he believes the standards set by senior players in training, combined with the experience they now have and the sheer depth and quality of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, makes them better even than the years they won the Champions League and Premier League.

“I think the team is in the best shape it’s (ever) been. I think we’re a better team than we have been (up to) this point in time,” the England star explained.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks Liverpool are better now than two years ago
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“And I think that comes with playing together for years, having moments of success, understanding what we needed to do to get that, the levels we had to set and how relentless we had to be to achieve those things.

“I think that just stands us in good stead every game going forward.”

Those words are enough to bring out the rest of their Premier League rivals in a cold sweat, but Gerrard returns knowing exactly what the standards are at Anfield, because he helped set them.

He has kept in regular and close contact with Jurgen Klopp and his staff since leaving a coaching role as the club’s academy to become manager at Rangers, so he brings his Villa side back knowing what to expect.

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And Oxlade-Chamberlain warned him there is an even stronger mentality at Anfield now, with all members of the squad stepping up to ensure standards don’t slip when stars are missing…as they impressively did in Milan in midweek.

“We can be proud of the fact that the whole squad is important and the whole squad is moving forward and developing together because that is crucial,” he told the club website.

“We’ve had moments where we’ve had a lot of injuries and players need to step up and fill the shoes of some really top players that play a lot of football for this club.

“So moments like (Milan) where young lads come in and prove their worth, and all of us as a group continue the high standards and get a result, I think that shows the team is in a good place.”

And the midfielder believes that comes from the senior players at the club, who set the level so high for the rest of the squad…and DEMAND the rest meet it, just as Gerrard did in his day:

“The lads that play regularly, they set the standards high, all of us in training set the standards high.

“And if you want to be part of this team and this football club, you’ve got to have that between your teeth and the desire to work hard, show what you can do, take your chances when they come. And they have done that so well.”

Liverpool will be even stronger for the visit of Gerrard’s Villa, with both Naby Keita and Joe Gomez coming through their substitute appearance in Milan to be fit for the weekend.

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