Despite some solid results and performances, too often in 2019 Liverpool have been lacking for one key quality: consistency. As a result, it’s seemed at times as though every solid win has been followed up by dropped points.
On Sunday against Fulham, things looked heading down a similar path. Liverpool were the better side but only managed one goal and then, out of nothing, Fulham got the equaliser. In the end, though, the Reds found a way.
“It was massive for us,” Andy Robertson admitted after the match, the fullback sharing the same sense of relief so many fans had at the final whistle. “It would have been a bit gutting had we not got the three points, if I’m honest.
“The first half we dominated and even in the second we were very much in control up until the mistake. But these things happen and it’s all about how we bounce back. Luckily, we got the penalty and Millie put it away.”
For Liverpool, it was the deserved result—and a major relief. For James Milner, that relief might have been even bigger given he had played a role, the first misstep in a chain of errors, in Fulham’s earlier goal.
With no margin for error for Liverpool as they chase Manchester City, it was a high pressure situation for the Reds—but then, as Robertson notes, this is a high pressure time of the year for almost every team in the Premier League.
“It gets to this point in the season where people are fighting for their lives from relegation and people are fighting for European spots,” he added. “It’s very rare teams aren’t playing for anything at this time of the season.
“People start fighting and giving it their all. Luckily, we had enough in the tank. [It was] a massive week for us. Bayern speaks for itself and then it was all about trying to get our legs ready and go again.”