Andy Robertson: Liverpool must return to ruthlessness of last season

Liverpool must recapture their ruthless kind of last season and choose up extra factors away from dwelling if they’re to keep on track to retain the Premier League title, says Andy Robertson.

Only purpose distinction separates the league leaders from second-placed Manchester United, who’re on a 10-match unbeaten run, successful eight of these to take their complete to 33 factors after 16 video games this season.

Liverpool have gained only one of their last seven away matches, with bottom-half groups West Brom, Fulham, Brighton – and most just lately Newcastle – all incomes attracts towards the Premier League champions in latest weeks.

“Over the last two years or even three years – and no disrespect to those clubs – but last season we would have won those games,” Robertson mentioned forward of the Monday Night Football journey to Southampton.

“And should you add two factors to each one of these video games then the league desk is wanting lots completely different and we’re sitting fairly joyful, however , this season goes to be distinctive. I believe there are seven or eight groups – as soon as the video games in hand have been performed which can be inside three factors of us on the high, and it is going to be a novel season as I mentioned.

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“I believe I can comfortably say it isn’t going to be 97 or 98 factors that’s going to win the league this season, it is in all probability going to be within the 80s as a result of it’s that tight and everyone seems to be taking factors off one another. We want to keep within the race, and that is what now we have carried out to date.

“Of course, the last two video games have been disappointing, particularly Newcastle [which ended 0-0]. We may have in all probability performed all evening the quantity of probabilities we had, I believe [Newcastle goalkeeper] Karl Darlow would have saved each one of them out the best way he has taking part in. You generally get video games like that. Thankfully, we’ve not had too many like that within the last couple of years, however we had it the opposite evening.

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“It’s just now we need to kick on in 2021. We need to go on a run of games where we win. We of course need to pick up more away points and keep picking up maximum points at home, and let’s see where we end up. But it’s a unique season. Hopefully we end up on top.”

‘I really feel a bit responsible – 2020 has been powerful for everybody’

Robertson can be eager to see a return to some type of normality in 2021 after a 12 months of blended feelings for the full-back.

The Scotsman captained his nation to qualification for subsequent summer season’s European Championships – their first main match look for the reason that France 1998 World Cup – and likewise helped Liverpool finish their quest for a primary Premier League title.

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Despite his epic triumphs on the pitch in 2020, Robertson is acutely conscious of the distress the continuing impression of the coronavirus pandemic has introduced to so many individuals’s lives.

He mentioned: “One of the main things [when you are looking back on last year] is you feel a bit guilty, because 2020 will always be a year that I look back on with happy memories and a smile on my face, because I ended two very long waits – for a major tournament for my country and with me being captain was unbelievable – and then to end the 30-year title wait for this club was so special for me.

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“But additionally I received to spend time with my household, and I’ve received two younger youngsters. During lockdown, I made positive that I made essentially the most of that and every part that goes together with it.

“But then when you look at it, a lot of people have lost their lives, a lot of people have maybe lost their jobs and that’s where the guilt comes in, because this year has been tough for everyone. It’s definitely a year I look back on where I learned a lot, I gained a lot, but it’s also a year that our whole lives changed, and that’s something I will never forget.

“I simply hope in 2021 we will get again to some type of normality and we will get our regular lives again, as a result of I believe if folks did not admire their lives earlier than, they actually do after this pandemic. I believe everyone would love to simply get again to regular now.”

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Robertson is hungry for extra silverware after Premier League, Club World Cup and Champions League successes within the last 18 months and says Liverpool may look ahead to welcoming again central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez this 12 months.

“For 2021 as a whole, I hope it ends in success,” he mentioned.

“The last two years we have been lucky enough to get our hands on a trophy, and of course we want to strive for more.

“In the summer season, I’ll have the privilege of main my nation out, the primary time [any Scotland captain has done that in 23 years] so, in 2021 there’s a lot to look ahead to. We know the onerous work and every part that wants to go to win any type of trophy and we’re decided to accomplish that.

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“Obviously we will get Virg back in 2021 at some point. I’m not sure that will be any time this season, but he will get back and it’s been great having him and Joe Gomez around the players and be able to see them and put a smile on their faces as well. Hopefully those boys and all of the injured boys are back on the pitch real soon”.

Klopp: Van Dijk nonetheless has ‘great distance to go’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Van Dijk is making progress in his restoration from a knee harm however admits the defender nonetheless has a “long way to go” in his rehabilitation.

The Netherlands worldwide underwent surgical procedure after sustaining ligament injury within the Merseyside derby in October however posted an replace on social media last week exhibiting him stepping up his restoration with a session on an train bike.

Klopp, who can be with out defenders Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, is joyful to see Van Dijk making progress however admitted the character of the 29-year-old’s harm means he nonetheless has work to do in his restoration.

“Good, very good. I have no problem with talking about Virgil van Dijk. It’s very good but still a long way to go, that’s this kind of injury,” Klopp mentioned.

“I’m happy when I see these videos, to be honest, because it just shows that he makes good progress. But it will still take a lot of time, that’s how it is. I would like to say something else but these are the facts, unfortunately.”

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