Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists everyone at the club has overcome the heartbreak of last season.
The Reds were in the hunt to end a title drought dating back to 1990 right until the end only for a defeat at home to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace to hand the initiative to Manchester City, who went on to pip them by two points.
It was a devastating end to a campaign which for the majority of the last two months had the feeling that the club was on the verge of something extra special.
That made the final denouement all the more soul-destroying but Sturridge stressed the squad had put that behind them.
“We were heartbroken at the end of last season but we are refreshed this season and mentally ready for a long season, again especially with the Champions League,” he said.
“That is something I can’t wait to play in and the players can’t wait to play in.
“It took a while (to get over the disappointment). It is not easy to get over things like that but everyone is over that now and we look forward to the future and hopefully bringing success the club.”
While Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton was far from impressive they are at least off and running but following the £75million departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona their chances of finishing in the top four never mind mounting another challenge had been written off by many critics.
“We have confidence within ourselves, we have a belief within the squad we can win every game - no matter what the opposition - with the philosophies the manager has and the individuals we have and how they work collectively,” added the 24-year-old added.
“Getting off to a good start is fantastic for us but we understand it is only one game and there are 37 to go.”