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Gomez Discusses the Pressures of the League

After walking away from North London with a single point, Joe Gomez weighs in on Liverpool’s position in the Premier League.

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After a game enjoyed by everyone who isn’t a fan of either team, Arsenal and Liverpool walked away from Emirates this weekend with a point each. And while Liverpool are technically still unbeaten in the League, the rest of the weekend’s results meant the Reds have slipped down to third place in the table. Liverpool and England defender, Joe Gomez, sat down with the Liverpool ECHO after Saturday’s match to talk about the frenetic pace of the League this season.

“The level of the Premier League now is ridiculous, it’s relentless really,” Gomez said. “You can’t slip up at any point or teams will capitalise. We have to remember that, regardless of who we are facing. Every point is so important.”

A point (pun very much intended) well punctuated by Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton on Sunday. Gomez doesn’t want to be distracted by whatever havoc City is wreaking at any given time, however.

“We can’t control what other teams do so there is no point worrying about their results,” Gomez added. “We just have to focus on ourselves. We are always on top of each other as a team, demanding more from ourselves, and that’s how it has to be.”

The Arsenal game was hardly the best we’ve seen from this Liverpool side, but Gomez wants to focus on the positives.

“We got dominated at times in the first half, but we still got the first goal and that shows we are capable of still producing when we’ve been under pressure,” he said. “That’s important. If you want to get to where we want to get to then you need to have those credentials. We proved that but we can always improve and that’s what we’ll be trying to do for the next game.”

Liverpool will next face Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. We can only hope the performance will be markedly better.