Joe Gomez maintains that his side is underdogs in the Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid
Liverpool is European champion and 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League … but Joe Gomez insists that his side is UNDERDOGS against Atletico Madrid
- Joe Gomez claims that Liverpool will be underdogs when confronted with Atletico Madrid
- Liverpool is European champion, but Gomez says they have to prove themselves
- The defender also stated that Atletico’s Wlet Metropolitano is “just a location.”
- Liverpool won the Champions League last season at home of Atletico
It appears that the team that participates in the Premier League and threatens to conquer Europe again has a form of self-doubt.
As strange as that may sound, it is there in the dressing room. All those records that were broken during a remarkable 13 months have not created a culture of satisfaction.
With the title almost sewn thanks to a 1-0 win in Norwich, thanks to Sadio Mane’s goal, the focus is on the Champions League and the quest to see if this team’s performance of Bob Paisley’s team from the late years 1970 can replicate and retain their European crown.
Joe Gomez insists that Liverpool will be underdogs in their collision with Atletico Madrid
Liverpool has been masterful in Europe since they regained their place in the competition in 2017 and reached the last two finals, but on Tuesday they return to the scene of “one of our most special nights” – the words of Jurgen Klopp – in the belief that they still have everything to prove.
Joe Gomez was the man to articulate the argument and provide insight into the mentality that drives this group to a place with the immortals of the club.
“It’s just about establishing yourself,” said Gomez, whose excellent form is appreciated by both Gareth Southgate and Klopp.
‘You are only proven if you show that you can do it again and again. We went last season (to Madrid) and beat Spurs in one match. Now it’s about maintaining that reputation in the Champions League.
Gomez wanted to point out that the Jurgen Klopp team still has an underdog mentality
“People may say,” Oh yes, they perform well “, but as a team we still have an underdog mentality.
“We have won the Champions League, but everyone wants to win it again. The focus in the camp is only one game at a time. It comes directly from the shooter through the back of the team – the skipper (Jordan Henderson) and Milly (James Milner). “
There is something in Liverpool right now that requires a comparison with the AC Milan team of Arrigo Sacchi from 1989-90, who choked teams with their hustle and intensity and had wonderful talent all over the field.
You remember the names of that collective with ease – Marco van Basten, Franco Baresi, Ruud Gullit, Paolo Maldini, Frank Rijkaard, Carlo Ancelotti – and they place themselves in the highest regions of history by retaining the European cup. Liverpool is not yet in that realm, but that is the goal.
Gomez says that the Wanda Metropolitano is “just a location,” despite Liverpool’s success there
“Look, it’s just a location,” Gomez replied, when asked what memories would be recalled in Madrid. ‘It is a field with four white lines and two goals. You could say the same about Anfield. We also had many good games there. You cannot correlate with playing Atletico last June.
“Nobody in the team has to say it. That makes this such a pleasant trip. We just keep going. “
They are moving forward because, like AC Milan, they are so good at the back. Liverpool has conceded one Premier League goal in 990 minutes since Gomez and Virgil van Dijk resumed their collaboration.
Ruthless winning may have robbed the drama season, but there must be immunity to what Liverpool does. The self-doubt and the feelings of underdogs carry them to greatness. With such an attitude, they tend to get it.