Liverpool remain top of the Premier League after fifteen rounds, with a three-point edge on local rivals Everton—though if Manchester United were to win their game in hand, the Reds’ more traditional rivals in the table would be just two points off.
That’s the good news. The bad news was the horribly flat second half performance Jürgen Klopp’s men put in against relegation-threatened West Bromwith Albion that led to the side dropping two points in their return to action following Christmas.
“When you go slack you get what you deserve,” was left back Andy Robertson’s take on Sunday afternoon’s disappointing result. “We created a lot of chances in the first half and then in the second half it was as if we didn’t want to do it again.
“We went slack. Every one of us made mistakes in the second half. We should be experienced enough to see it out. We were dominating and it was up to us to take the chances but we should be professional enough to win 1-0 if we have to.”
This Liverpool side has proven it has the mentality to bounce back following a poor result or brief stumble in recent years. As disappointing as the result and second half performance was, it’s hard to be too concerned in the grand scheme of things.
Still, in the midst of the most congested season in memory, West Brom was a chance for the Reds to pad their lead a little coming off a rare eight-day break, and they didn’t take it. Hardly the end of the world; definitely a missed opportunity.
“We will take the point and move on,” Robertson added. “We can’t dwell on it but it’s a huge disappointment. I’ve been in a Championship team that has come up and you want to frustrate the big teams and take that one chance you can get.
“That’s exactly what happened. Credit to them. They were great in the second half but we need to be so much more professional. We didn’t do that and it’s frustrating.”