The Reds defender says cup final heartache and runner-up finishes at the Premier League made Jurgen Klopp’s side even more determined to succeed.

Joe Gomez asserts the pain endured by Liverpool until they got back to the trophy trail felt like a fire being lit beneath the club compared to”a kick in the balls”.

Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015 and has been charged with the job of delivering tangible success.

It took the German some time to get over that line, with heartache endured in national and European cup finals.

Liverpool also fell agonisingly short in their bid to land the Premier League title in 2018-19, with Manchester City pipping them to the article by a solitary point.

The Reds were, but to counter that disappointment by savouring Champions League victory and have managed to build on such a triumph this year .

A first top-flight crown in 30 years is well within reach, having lifted the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.

FA Cup and additional Champions League honours also stay up for grabs in 2020, with Gomez pleased to see patience and perseverance being rewarded.

The Reds defender told The Athletic: “Having a young team that probably has not had as much exposure to [winning names ] helps.

“There is just the odd one – Millie (James Milner) has won the Premier League – so that hunger isn’t actually going to go away.

“When it happened a couple of times (finishing runners up with all these points), perhaps people would attempt to part ways and believe we are not going to succeed here. But if anything that likely ignited the fire as opposed to feeling like a kick in the balls.”

Gomez has figured prominently for Liverpool this year, shooting in 31 appearances, and is eager to get his hands on more silverware before the campaign comes to a close.

He added: “I am enjoying it. But I am hungry for more.

“I have enjoyed the run of matches, but I know I can not dwell. And that’s the exact same for the group, now more than ever. So I can not sit here and believe,’Yeah, I have had a good run.’

“Until we’re in the summer, and there’s a small break, and then some attention on anything happened… I just don’t feel in a reflective mood at this time.”

The 22-year-old is also seeking to reward the faith that Liverpool boss Klopp has revealed in him, together with England worldwide having been snapped up from Charlton soon prior to a shift in the dugout was created on Merseyside in 2015.

“I feel like I owe him a great deal, not just as a manager but as a person,” Gomez said.

“We are blessed to have somebody that’s a fantastic human being, besides being a fantastic man-manager and the passionate, educated person that everyone else sees.”

Klopp will be calling the shots on Tuesday night when Liverpool take in an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea in Stamford Bridge.