Liverpool have set very high standards over a long period of time now. They didn’t meet those standards yesterday.
It didn’t matter. Liverpool can just turn up without being at 100%, dig deep, and get the win. Andrew Robertson knew it was a tough day.
“Look, you can’t win 4-0, 5-0 every single week by playing beautiful football and everyone claps you off the park because they’ve been given a show”, Robertson told the official Liverpool website.
”That’s a different show out there – we had to get down, we had to get dirty and we had to match their battles. They’re a very honest team and they showed that today. They’re a very good team at it and they know their strengths, I think they’ll do well this season.
”This won’t be an easy place to come for people and it’s so important then that you match their work ethic, which we did, match their commitment, which we did, and we won our 50-50s.
”But then we lacked a wee bit of quality, which if we had more of I think we would have won a bit more comfortably.”
He added: “It was difficult. We weren’t at our best, that’s safe to say.
”When you’re not at your best and the other team are putting you under pressure then it’s important to get the win.
”Luckily we managed that, clean sheet – which we’re happy about – and a fortunate goal, but you have to take them up.
“It was tough – their wing-backs were coming really high, the right and left centre-half comes quite into the centre, it’s hard to get used to.
”We had to learn from it in the game, which I think we did, but we probably played too many stray passes and things like that.
”But like I said, when we’re not at our best, it’s important we win and luckily we did that.”
Liverpool just keep winning. Enjoy it.