It would be harsh to shine the light solely on the defenders. Liverpool’s midfield is not functioning as Klopp would wish, dreadfully unbalanced in the first half against Chelsea, only transformed when Roberto Firmino came to the rescue, the striker’s ability to knit the team together from deep ensuring his side kept possession more effectively.
For all that, Liverpool have shown in successive European finals they can win without being at their best. For Gomez, it was a triumph of mentality.
“Winning and getting it over the line is a characteristic of a big team and getting results sets you apart. We are getting there.” he said.
“Young players are getting experience of being involved in things like this. Hopefully we can use it.”
The exhausted players head to Southampton this Saturday, buoyed by another trophy but wary as much as weary.
“It is relentless but it is part and parcel to be at the top,” said Gomez.
“You have to play more games than anyone else and if you want to get prime position you have to play more games. We want to do it and we want to work together, do our best for the team, recover, go again.”