The one silver lining of Alberto Moreno’s injury is the ability to utilize the leftback we purchased over the summer who has been waiting patiently for his time. Andy Robertson has impressed every chance he’s appeared for the Reds so him getting the start on Sunday for the Merseyside Derby seemed the logical decision with Moreno out of commission. While the manager’s frustration has been made public, Robertson can be counted among the frustrated crowd as well.
“I think you can see how the two teams reacted to the draw; we were heads in hands and their fans were going wild, so I think that shows what the performance was like today,” Robertson told the club website following the match on Sunday.
“It wasn't a bad performance but we could have been clinical in front of goal and we probably should have been more than 1-0 up at half-time.
“If we were, I don't think they're coming back from it the way we performed second half. But, like I said, we need to be more clinical and on another day it could have been a comfortable afternoon.”
The Reds themselves had 23 shots to Everton’s 3, but only 3 of those 23 were on target while Everton needed just the one. The very example of a formerly typical Liverpool performance - all the possession and nothing to show for it. That’s the issue though. Liverpool had seemed to learn from these mistakes and let Everton take advantage of past insecurities. Robertson, to his credit having never been part of those past mistakes, was a little more calm about it.
“They never had any chances, other than the penalty, and we've had a few good chances. It's just one of the games where it wasn't meant to be I suppose.
“We've had enough chances to probably win two games but other games the last few weeks we've been so clinical and took every chance we've had and today it just wasn't meant to be.
“We're disappointed with the draw but we need to dust ourselves down and move onto Wednesday now.”
He’s right - we have been lucky to win two games 7-0 in the last month, but maybe that’s more a reflection on the opponents than the Reds themselves. One thing is to be sure, though, and that’s the fact that another game will be Wednesday and the chance to wash out the taste of this draw will come with it.