This season Liverpool have been excellent at picking up points in the Premier League. After 20 matches Jürgen Klopp’s side have collected 58 points, dropping only 2 points in the unfortunate draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Reds’ form has been title-winning. But it hasn’t been a walk in the park for Liverpool over the course of those 20 games.
The first half of the season saw the club struggle to keep clean sheets despite their victorious ways. Only two times did Liverpool finish a match without conceding a goal before December. Since then, starting with the 3-0 win at Bournemouth, Liverpool have managed five consecutive clean sheets in the league. A 2-0 over Watford, the 4-0 thrashing of Leicester City, a 1-0 with Wolverhampton, and this most recent 2-0 at Anfield against Sheffield United.
Andy Robertson’s has a key role in Liverpool’s defense and thus its clean sheet accumulation. As a left-back the Scotsman has a vital job in Klopp’s back four but as the manager has iterated time and again, his team defends as a group. As Robertson will attest, this recent resilience to conceding goals is down to the work of the entire squad.
And it isn’t just Virgil Van Dijk, Jomez, and Alisson who celebrate the opposing team’s goose eggs. Clean sheets are a proud feat for all.
“It’s so important,” said Robertson.
“And you might not think it, but it’s so important to Bobby, Sadio and Mo [as well], they really like us keeping clean sheets.
“As a whole squad and club, if you keep clean sheets, you’ll never get beat. Maybe 38 0-0 draws aren’t good over the whole season! But it’s a great basis and that’s five on the bounce.
“Even though we were winning games a lot, we said it about our defence – and we just kept on going and knew the clean sheets would come.
“So, delighted to get five on the bounce but it’s about keeping that going now.”
Following Sunday’s FA Cup third round match against Everton, Liverpool’s next two league fixtures are Tottenham Hotspur away and Man United at Anfield. Two big matches, for sure. But both of those teams have been wrestling with their identities this season to varying results. And Klopp’s team are just getting better and better. The goals have always been there. Now, the defensive solidity is back. Dirty sheets are in the bin.