Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists that there will be no hangover from losing the Champions League final at the end of last season.
The Reds lost out narrowly to Real Madrid in Paris in May as well as losing out to Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
They did manage to be victorious over Chelsea in two domestic cup finals, winning both the FA and Carabao Cup.
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Speaking to The Guardian, Liverpool’s skipper outlined the team’s motivations ahead of the start of another season.
He said: “It was a fantastic season. Yes, it didn’t end the way we would have liked but that’s football, that’s life, you get on with it and react in the right way and we just want to go again, to perform.
“I wouldn’t say it [the disappointment] has made us more motivated but you are always motivated to win the biggest trophies.”
Henderson was quick to acknowledge how teams have strengthened so far – with Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea all buying well:
“Other teams strengthen,” he said. “You look at Chelsea, they are strengthening, United will strengthen, Spurs will strengthen – they have done so quite a lot so far. You look at other teams who are also going to strengthen.
“Yes, we have bought some new players and hopefully they can help us going forward and freshen things up but we have to keep doing what we have been doing for a large period of time, concentrate on what we can do and perform to the levels we are capable of.”
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The Reds brought in big money signing Darwin Nunez from Benfica, as well as young talents in Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsey – who will all be looking to impress Klopp in pre-season.
However, they did let Sadio Mane leave for Bayern Munich which is a big blow for the side given his contributions over the last six years. But the new signings have given Liverpool’s captain confidence ahead of the new season.
The skipper continued: “We are constantly working to improve; we can’t worry about other people [teams] around us – that’s not in your control.
“He certainly gives us a different dimension in the way he plays. Bobby [Firmino] is a big plus coming back from injury last season – we’ve got very good options.
“Any team that loses Sadio, it will be a big blow because he is one of the best forwards in the world,” said Henderson.
“At the same time, we’ve got world-class players, especially in the forward line: Luis Díaz, who performed phenomenally well [last season]; Darwin coming in; Bobby’s coming back. Things move on, change – hopefully we can adapt to that quickly.”
Liverpool reportedly want to sign Matheus Nunes from Sporting Lisbon with the £42M man viewing the opportunity to join the Reds as an “irresistible opportunity.”