‘We Are Not In The Title Race,’ Says Robertson

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Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has admitted Liverpool are way off the pace in challenging for the Premier League title this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s’men suffered yet another shock defeat at Anfield to 15th placed  Brighton on Wednesday night.

It was the first time the Reds have lost consecutive Premier League matches at home ending an almost impressive nine-year record.

Robertson disappointedly said in an interview ”As this moment stands, we’re not in the title race. We are seven points behind them and they have a game in hand.”

”I’m sure they’d say the same if they were potentially 10 points behind. We need to get back to the Liverpool everyone knows.”

The Scottish defender was full of praise for Brighton, who were disciplined at the back restricting Liverpool to one shot on target

”Brighton were the better team. We were hugely disappointing all over the park. You have to give the team credit for playing well. They created chances, pressed us – did everything we wanted to do,” he said.

He was also critical about their stale performance while calling on fellow team mates to step up.

 

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 3, 2021.
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”We didn’t really do anything of note. With a long record of going unbeaten, we’ve lost two. When you don’t show up you don’t get results,” he stated.

”We prepare for every game differently. It’s just not clicking. We need to find a way to get results, especially at home.”

Meanwhile,  Klopp has cited mental fatigue as the cause for the slump in form

‘The Reds boss said ”We didn’t create a lot, for me the team looked tonight, fatigued, mentally fatigued and that leads to not the best play as well.”

”We were not fresh enough which means we were not good enough to break the formation of Brighton.”

While conceding to the slip up from his side, he made it clear that they will keep fighting for the points as they face Manchester City this weekend.

”We fight for three points, it is not decided who will get the three points on Sunday. We have to play better and we will try.”

 

Robertson Renews Contract With Liverpool In Five-Year Deal

Liverpool’s Scottish defender Andrew Robertson/ AFP

 

Scotland captain Andy Robertson became the latest Liverpool player to sign a new long-term contract on Thursday, with the left-back agreeing to a deal until 2024.

Signed from Hull City in July 2017, Robertson has become a fundamental part of the Liverpool side that reached last season’s Champions League final and currently sits four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

“As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me –- I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was a pretty easy contract for me and I’m sure for the club as well. We both agreed very quickly.”

Robertson follows the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez in signing new contracts in the past year to remain at Anfield.

The 24-year-old has played a big part in a vast improvement in Liverpool’s defensive record that has been the catalyst for Jurgen Klopp’s men to seize an advantage over Manchester City in the title race.

Liverpool haven’t won the league for 29 years and Robertson is aware of the pressure the Reds are under to deliver either the Premier League or the Champions League this season.

“This club demands trophies and too long has probably passed without trophies,” he added.

“So I hope to help bring another couple of trophies to this club and help push in that direction because the fans demand it and the club demands it, so that’s what we aim to give.

“We came close, of course, we have with the Champions League and things like that, but it’s about taking that next step and hopefully getting a winner’s medal around your neck, whatever competition it is. That is the main aim for us.”

AFP