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Liverpool vs Fulham: Gomez sends freshness warning to Arsenal | Football | Sport

Joe Gomezhas warned Fulham and the Premier League chasing pack that Liverpool feel thoroughly refreshed following the FA Cup win at Arsenal.

While most other teams can now enjoy something of a winter break, the Merseysiders are right back into action for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham on Wednesday.

That concludes a fortnight later with the second leg – with a Premier League trip to Bournemouth squeezed in between.

However, the manner of Liverpool’s 2-0 win at the Emirates – courtesy of an own goal from Jacob Kiwior and some last minute from Luis Diaz – has Jurgen Klopp’s side itching for the fixtures to come thick and fast.

“We’ve got a bit more of a spring in our step,” Gomez said. “It’s a quick turnaround now again.

“Because we won, thankfully, it gets us a bit of a break in between fixtures as there’s no replay.

“But It’s another big game on Wednesday – we want to get to another final, over two legs but we’ll go for it.

“We don’t want to get giddy. We’re all just full of desire and want to make the best out of the season.

“All we can do is take it one game at a time, I know it’s a cliche, but there’s desire and we have a platform to build on.

“As we know from last season, it’s not always plain-sailing and we went through rough patches. But we built from it and learnt from it. So let’s see where it takes us.”

Impressively, Liverpool are steam-rolling on without a number of top stars currently through injury – Thiago, Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas – or, for the time being, Mo Salah at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“There’s definitely a good bond in the team,” Gomez added. “A freshness and fire about the team.

“We’re not over-analysing who we lost and who we don’t have – top players who we’ve missed this year.

“But the gaffer keeps reiterating, we can all do a job defensively and we can all defend, so it means we don’t have to worry about who’s missing.

“We have to keep that mentality. Still early and there’s a long way to go but we can only take one at a time.”

For Gomez himself, the only thing missing is a goal. He has now got to 223 senior games without ever hitting the back of the net.

Although he promises not to get too carried away if it finally happens.

“It’s funny!” he said. “I’ve gone eight years and now everyone is talking about it!

“I don’t know what has sparked it. I want to affect the game when I’m forward as well and be positive.

“Hopefully it comes, and we’ll see how I celebrate. But I’ll leave taking the top off to Mo!”

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