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“We still see ourselves as underdogs” – Gomez downplays Liverpool’s European champion label

By Ben Green

Published: 18:15, 12 August 2019

Joe Gomez has talked down suggestions that Liverpool will be ‘the team to beat’ this season after their Champions League triumph.

The England international has revealed that his side still prepare for games as the “underdogs”, approaching every encounter with the same level of drive and hunger.

Are Liverpool ‘the team to beat’? Five things to know…

  • Liverpool enjoyed an exceptionally successful 2018/19 under Jurgen Klopp.
  • The Merseysiders clinched a sixth European crown and finished runners-up in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool lost just one league match and accumulated the third-highest points tally in PL history.
  • Klopp opted against strengthening this summer as his side chase a first ever PL crown this season.
  • And Gomez has suggested his teammates will approach every game with the same ‘underdog’ mentality.

Jurgen Klopp led the Anfield club to a sixth European crown last term as well as finishing just a point behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race, but Gomez believes his teammates have the capacity to outdo themselves this time around.

When asked about Liverpool’s status as continental champions, Gomez responded: “Obviously it’s a label that’s given now that we achieved what we did last season.

“I think the main thing in our minds is that we still see ourselves as underdogs, we still see ourselves as a hungry team that hasn’t achieved what we want to achieve yet.

“There’s still so much more to do and to surpass what we did last season. I think the main thing is that our mindset is in the right place and whatever is said after that is not up to us.”

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Gomez relishing Super Cup challenge

Despite many believing that Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup match against Chelsea may act as a hinderance to early season momentum, Gomez has outlined his aspirations to clinch yet more silverware in the esteemed red colours of Liverpool.

He said: “I think [the Community Shield] would have been nice but we lost the way we did, which was unfortunate.

“I think now that just made us even hungrier to get our hands on a piece of silverware again. I think that’s going to be our aim this year, just to get as much silverware as possible.

“Hopefully we can do it, but it’s obviously against a tough side and we know it won’t be easy. We’re looking forward to it.”