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We shouldn’t have eyes on City: Robertson

Andy Robertson, Liverpool’s defender, maintains his side’s emphasis is not on Manchester City but acknowledges they must continue to press their opponents in the aim of reigniting the Premier League championship fight.

The reigning champions lead by 11 points with one match at hand, and with April’s clash at the Etihad Stadium still a long way off, Jurgen Klopp’s team must rediscover the consistency of victory that created the 2018-19 season’s dramatic late-season struggle.

On that occasion, City, who began the season seven points behind Liverpool, won their final 14 matches (Liverpool won ten of their last eleven) to edge their opponents by a point.

This time around, the gap between the two is larger, but following a 3-0 victory against Brentford, Liverpool’s first league victory since mid-December, Robertson feels Liverpool must position themselves to take advantage if City fail.

‘We cannot concentrate just on Manchester City. Man City are one of the finest sides in Premier League history, as they’ve demonstrated in recent weeks by winning 1-0s, 2-1s, and doing just enough to win games. That is how titles are won,’ he told liverpoolfc.com.

‘Perhaps we’ve suffered a little bit recently, giving up leads and such, but all we can do is focus on ourselves, on each game we play, and try to be ready to reduce the gap if they do slip up.

‘The chasm is considerable. We’d prefer to have points on the board, and if we win the game in hand, we’ll be eight points up (behind). Let we examine.

‘They’re a tremendous squad; they’re capable of winning every game, as we all know. We played with them so closely the last two seasons that it was a win-win situation for both clubs.

‘We must do so. Of course, we hope they make a mistake and rely on others. We’ve been in a bit of a bind, drawing too many games and obviously losing to Leicester.

‘It was critical that we quickly returned to winning ways, and now we really need to kick on and continue picking up three points.’

Liverpool trailed City by barely a point on December 16 after both teams had played 17 matches.

Since then, Klopp’s team has collected five points from a potential twelve, while City have proved unstoppable, amassing a maximum of fifteen.

Conceding a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Chelsea and last week’s goalless Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg draw at home to 10-man Arsenal were confidence knocks, but Klopp believes they overcame those setbacks against Brentford.

‘Winning is unquestionably beneficial to one’s confidence. I don’t believe we were lacking confidence,’ said the Reds manager, who has attempted to downplay the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who are currently at the Africa Cup of Nations.

‘We can almost eliminate public noise, so we can focus on what is going on around us. We felt something was wrong against Arsenal, but the world outside (placed) the finger on the evident omission of a few of players – world-class players, by the way.

 

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