Liverpool’s victory over Wolves on Monday night didn’t see the Reds at their best, but after a difficult 2021 that has seen the defending champions mired in relegation form it was a step in the right direction.
An improved performance and, just as importantly, three points in the league following a mid-week Champions League victory over RB Leipzig. Not perfect, but perhaps another step in the right direction.
“We had to dig deep at times and win ugly,” left back Andy Robertson noted following the match. “We’ve not done that enough this season. Too many times this season we’ve been on the wrong end of a 1-0.
“Sometimes these are the best ones, winning ugly, but we just need to build a bit of momentum now. Two clean sheets on the bounce, another three points when teams above us have dropped points.”
Now, though, the Reds get a rest—a mixed blessing in an overpacked season when rest is certainly needed but maybe not entirely wanted coming just as they’re experiencing a small uptick in their form.
“It’s quite unique this situation that we don’t play this weekend but it’s valuable time for us,” Robertson added. “We’ve played a lot of games and I’m definitely looking forward to a couple of days off.
“It’s important that when we come back we try to carry on because these last two games have been more like us: ugly to play against, tough to defend, and we have taken chances when it’s mattered.”