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Jordon Ibe says Jurgen Klopp has changed the mentality at Liverpool

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Jordon Ibe says that Jurgen Klopp's never-say-die attitude is already starting to have an impact at Liverpool - and revealed the words he used to inspire the 3-1 against Chelsea on Saturday.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss took over from Brendan Rodgers last month, and is so far yet to taste defeat.

Klopp's side fell behind to an early Ramires strike, but Philippe Coutinho levelled things up before the stroke of half-time and then doubled their lead after the break. Christian Benteke bagged a late third to put the icing on the cake and help Klopp claim his first league victory in charge at Anfield.

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Ibe has established himself as a first team regular under Klopp and the England youngster says the biggest change under the 48-year-old has been the mentality around the club. The former Wycombe winger also said Klopp's words at half-time at Stamford Bridge made all the difference in the second half.

He told Liverpool's official website: “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. 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’.

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“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,” the 19-year-old added.

Liverpool are now in eighth in the Premier League following the victory against Chelsea, and next up is a Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan.

Praise

Another Liverpool player to sing Klopp's praises was Joe Allen, who said his arrival was like wiping the slate clean. “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.”

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