A win on Sunday against Manchester City was always the goal, and that result would have sent Liverpool into the November international break top of the league. They didn’t get it, instead ending the day with a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Still, it’s a positive result, with the Reds depriving England’s most expensive squad of two points and keeping Jürgen Klopp’s men ahead of their presumed main title challengers—especially considering some of Liverpool’s recent injury issues.
“We are always hungry for more,” was Andy Robertson’s take following Sunday’s draw. “But we have to be happy. I think when we started getting some injuries and lost a couple of players with COVID-19 and stuff, everyone expected the wheels to fall off.
“But we’ve managed to steady the ship a little bit and pick up some great results, especially in Europe. In the Premier League we’ve maybe not been at our best but we’ve picked up results and that’s why we are near the top.”
In Europe, Liverpool have won their first three group stage games and are overwhelming favourites to advance to the knockout rounds already. Meanwhile, domestically they’re just a single point back Leicester City, their next opponent.
Despite those fitness issues—and a heavy defeat to Aston Villa earlier in the year weighing down their actual goals against numbers—they’re also still the best side based on expected points and the spread between expected goals scored and conceded.
“I think this was one of our best performances in a while,” Robertson added about Sunday’s match. “We will have lads coming back from injuries hopefully and we will only get stronger for that, so long may that continue.
“We know we’ve got really important games but I hope we all come back healthy. I hope we go and attack this Christmas period—it’s going to be hectic. But we have dealt with it pretty well in previous seasons and that’s what we need.”