JORDI Gomez insists Latics can compete with the best the Premier League has to offer when they play as well as they did against Chelsea.
Latics saw their recent resurgence extended to just one defeat in five matches with the 1-1 draw against the Blues, who had led through Daniel Sturridge’s goal on the hour mark.
However, Latics were rewarded for never giving up the ghost when Hugo Rodallega’s shot was spilled by Petr Cech into the path of Gomez – who bagged his fourth goal in his last five outings.
Liverpool management duo Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke were in the directors’ box to run the rule over Latics ahead of Wednesday’s clash between the two sides, although they’d left long before the equaliser two minutes from time.
And Gomez warned the Merseysiders that they will not have it their own way as Latics look to protect a unbeaten record against them at the DW under Roberto Martinez.
“In the last three or four games, the team has played very well and with confidence, and that allows all the players to show their best form which brings about the results we’ve been having,” Gomez told the Evening Post.
“This result means we go into Wednesday’s game against Liverpool with belief, and we don’t care who the opposition is when we play like we know we can.
“No-one can deny we deserved at least a point against Chelsea, and the challenge now is to pick up at least the same result on Wednesday night.
“Yes it is a hard run over Christmas, but you just have to take it game by game and try to do your best in each game.
“We are not thinking about the games we are playing next week or next month - all we are focused on now is Liverpool and we will be trying our best to get another good result.”
Gomez’s goal took him level at the top of the Latics goalscorers’ chart with Franco di Santo, although he was more concerned with the precious point it secured.
“It’s always nice to score goals, but the most important thing is that the team is doing well - and at the moment we are,” he added.
“To be honest, I don’t care who scores the goals as long as we win the game or at least get a point.
“I gambled at the far post that the ball would come through to me, thankfully it did and the finish was easy.
“Their goal was a disappointing one to concede, but the reaction from us was very good and we managed to get the goal in the end that we deserved.
“The fans were very good once again, and it does make a big difference to the players when you hear that level of support.”