It was starting to feel as if this Liverpool side were truly invincible. A frustrating 90 minutes in Madrid later, Atletico proved that the best football side in the world is, in fact, mortal. But only just.
However, since Klopp’s arrival at the club—even during the early, far more inconsistent days—one thing has remained true: these Reds bounce back well from a loss. Their ability to put the past in the past and focus on the next match is what makes them mentality monsters.
And according to defender Joe Gomez, this is exactly what the side are now focusing on.
“It’s disappointing and not something we’re used to,” Gomez told the club’s official website, talking about the rare loss. “But if anything, it just gives us that motivation to bounce back and make it right as quickly as possible. Sometimes it happens and you need to take the positives from it.
“It gives us that hunger again – not that we didn’t have it but we just want to bounce back and make it right. That’s what we’ll try to do.”
“It’ll be a good match-up; [the first leg] showed it can be a good game. We’ll look forward to it. We’ve got some time in between then, we’ve got to focus on the Premier League now and be ready when it comes back around.”
Back in the Premier League they welcome a flailing West Ham side—currently in the drop-zone, a point behind 17th-placed Aston Villa—to Anfield. The Monday night fixture is an opportunity to not just maintain their mind-boggling gap at the top of the league, but to extend their league unbeaten run to 44 matches, just 5 shy of Arsenal’s all-time record.
It seems like a pretty good opportunity to vent some frustration and get back to their winning ways. Heaping misery on long-time nemesis David Moyes? Well, that’s just an added bonus.
In the meantime, we’ll all have that March 11th rematch with Atletico Madrid circled on our calendars. Anfield will be waiting.