04 Feb We’re not in title race
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson dominated the reigning champions of the 2019-20 Premier League title race following their 1-Zero defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on Wednesday.
The defeat — Liverpool’s second successive loss at residence after a run of 68 Premier League matches unbeaten at Anfield — left Jurgen Klopp’s facet seven factors adrift of leaders Manchester Metropolis, who’ve a recreation in hand.
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Liverpool and Metropolis, who occupied the highest two spots in every of the previous two seasons, meet at Anfield on Sunday, although Robertson stated this isn’t a conflict between two title contenders this season.
“Any recreation in opposition to Man Metropolis is an enormous one,” Robertson stated after the defeat to Brighton. “As this second stands, we’re not within the title race. We’re seven factors behind them they usually have a recreation in hand.
“I am certain they’d say the identical in the event that they have been doubtlessly 10 factors behind. We have to get again to the Liverpool everybody is aware of. We’re nonetheless team. We do not flip into a nasty team in a single day.”
Robertson stated he can not perceive why Liverpool aren’t discovering their rhythm and accepted Brighton deserved their victory.
“Brighton have been the higher team,” he added. “We have been vastly disappointing throughout there park. You must give the the team credit score for taking part in effectively.
“They created possibilities, pressed us — did all the things we wished to do. We did not actually do something of notice. With a protracted document of going unbeaten we have misplaced two. When you do not present up you aren’t getting outcomes.
“We put together for each recreation completely different. It is simply not clicking. We have to discover a method to get outcomes, particularly at residence. You are able to do all the things in coaching.”
Klopp was equally upset and blamed the defeat on fatigue attributable to successive away matches earlier than this recreation, 3-1 wins for Liverpool in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, which Liverpool gained 3-1 earlier than this recreation.
“Disenchanted, nothing to smile about actually,” Klopp stated. “Powerful one to take.
“A extremely robust week, two away video games, two very intense video games and tonight we appeared actually like we weren’t recent sufficient mentally and bodily. Quite a lot of moments the place we gave the ball away too simply, in moments the boys appeared drained mentally.
“I do know they’ll go the ball from A to B however it did not occur, we made it straightforward for Brighton however additionally they did very well. Brighton deserved to win, little question about it.”
Liverpool haven’t gained a league recreation at residence since Dec. 16 and have scored simply as soon as in that point. Since Sadio Mane netted in opposition to West Bromwich Albion, the champions have performed 348 goalless minutes..
“For me it is extra vital to search out an evidence for why we misplaced this recreation and perceive what occurred right here tonight,” he stated. “We did not look convincing.
“Nothing good to say about it, it is over. No matter set again we’ve to try to come again however we make extra modifications after which we’ve no rhythm so it is an issue. This week was arduous, we misplaced our second residence recreation in a row, however we won’t change something now we’ve to work with it.”