Jordan Ibe says Jurgen Klopp has instilled a renewed sense of belief among the players at Anfield since taking over as Liverpool manager.
Liverpool recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, and Ibe suggests the squad would have struggled to do so under former manager Brendan Rodgers.
“It was one of the most important things the new manager has said – we need to be a team who can be 2-0 down and know there is still time for us to get a goal,” the 19-year-old told the club’s website.
“It could be in the last 10 minutes, so it’s just about having a mentality that is like ‘it’s now up to us to go and get two goals and then a third one’.
“It was great for the team to come back from 1-0 down because it is difficult to do that and beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. With the new manager, everything is fresh. I feel like a new player and it’s for me to keep improving and trying to stand out in training. I feel good – the whole team are feeling great and fresh.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Joe Allen has echoed Ibe’s sentiments, saying the squad have relished being able to start afresh under the German.
“It’s almost like the reset button has been pressed for everyone at the club and we’ve got a clean slate to refocus and try to impress him so we can be part of his plans,” Allen said.
“Everyone has been impressed with the new manager’s ideas and approach. His passion is very obvious and that is something we as players are going to feed off.”
The 25-year-old also took the time to praise former boss Rodgers, who Allen also worked under at Swansea before following the manager to Anfield in 2012.
“He was a huge influence because he was my manager for over five seasons with two football clubs,” he added.
“We shared some massive highs but as everyone knows change is something that always happens in football and you have to accept it.”