Joe Gomez has insisted that Liverpool are “hungrier than ever” to defend their Premier League title.
Liverpool’s form has taken a turn for the worse since they were crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years on June 25.
Jurgen Klopp’s men lost 4-0 at Manchester City the week after their coronation, and were also beaten by Arsenal and held to a draw by Burnley in the final weeks of the season.
Gomez acknowledges the fact that the Merseyside outfit haven’t been at their best since returning from lockdown, but promises they will be “ready” when the 2020-21 campaign kicks off on September 12, with newly-promoted Leeds United set to arrive at Anfield.
“Obviously it was a short break and then we had the restart and then the period when we switched off for a couple of weeks and that was that,” the defender told Liverpool’s official website.
“But I think more than anything, the gaffer instils in us that it’s a mental battle more than physical half the time, so we’ll be ready and we have a squad full of quality to rotate when needs be.
“The main thing is, mentally we are ready to go, and I think everyone is hungrier than ever.”
Asked to assess the Reds display against Arsenal over the weekend, Gomez responded:
“We created a fair few chances. Obviously we relied on that spark and Mo [Salah] and Taki [Takumi Minamino] provided that. There’s positives to take, as well as things we can work on.
“The positive thing is now we obviously all split up [for international duty], but some will stay at Melwood and work in that short period before we come back for the start of the season to correct those minor details and hopefully be ready when the season starts.”
Source: News update