Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson explained that the club’s hunger for trophies will be driven by the ‘winning feeling’ that has accompanied their Champions League success.
The 25-year-old feels that last season the players used the disappointment and heartbreak as motivators to avoid finding themselves in the same position.
But the club is now motivated by their own success and will look to replicate it in the Community Shield tie against Manchester City and the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea next month.
“We have got massive games from the off: Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield,” Robertson told Liverpool’s official website.
“Of course it’s the game just before the season starts but you’re still playing in a massive stadium against one of your biggest rivals. Then we’ve got Chelsea in the Super Cup.
“The biggest one is Norwich for getting the Premier League off to a good start in front of our home fans for the first time since we won the Champions League. That’s what we’ve got to use as motivation now – the winning feeling we had.
“Last season was completely different, we used the disappointment and heartbreak of losing as motivation to not be in that position again. That’s probably why we had so many last-minute winners, big comebacks and things like that.
“This season we need to use that feeling of being on that bus and lifting that trophy to drive us forward. We want more of that feeling. That’ll be in all our minds for the season ahead.”
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Jurgen Klopp insisted he is happy with his Liverpool squad even if the club do not make any big summer signings.
The only newcomer in the Reds’ squad during the transfer window has been 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp Van Den Berg, and Klopp does not expect that situation to change significantly.
He said on liverpoolfc.com: “We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up.
“How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.
“People talk about it like, ‘now another £300 million or £200 million’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and (Real) Madrid can do the same – (Manchester) City and PSG that can do it every year.
“But we are fine. I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.
“I’m really looking forward to the season, it will be really exciting again.”
The European champions will continue their preparations for the new campaign with a match against Klopp’s former team Borussia Dortmund in Indiana on Saturday.
Star trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will begin pre-season training ahead of Liverpool’s summer camp in Evian later this month after being given extra time off because of international commitments.
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Senegal continued their preparations ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations final against Algeria on Friday.
Aliou Cisse’s side needed an extra-time own goal to see off Tunisia in their semi-final, while Riyad Mahrez struck a 95th minute free-kick winner for Algeria in a 2-1 win over Nigeria.
Senegal’s hope rest firmly on captain and Liverpool’s Champions League winner Sadio Mane.
The Lions of Teranga have only reached the final once before, in 2002 when they lost to Cameroon on penalties.