Liverpool find themselves in a tight spot. No more Champions League, never mind other domestic cups, and now - seven games to secure a fourth spot ending to the Premier League season. And star left-back Andy Robertson believes that they are paying for their lack of consistency, an example of which was the first-leg loss to Real Madrid in the European tournament.
“Unfortunately, the tie was lost in the first half of the first leg, where we were nowhere near good enough and we’d admitted that and accepted that. That can’t happen at this level and we got punished for it, it’s as simple as that.
“So that’s the situation we are in and now we’ve got seven big games in the run-in to the season and obviously we know what we need to achieve. We know what we need to do and the places that we need to climb, and our full focus is on that and trying to finish the season as strongly as possible now.”
And he’s aware that there’s little breathing space for Liverpool to repeat mistakes. “We don’t have much room for error for the rest of the season, we know that”, he said.
“We’re already still playing catch-up and we need to be at our best. If other teams fall in front of us, we need to be there to pick it up – we can’t drop points as well, so that’s the focus.
“We’ve got tough games coming up, none more so than Leeds. Leeds are flying, they’ve been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League this season, the way they go about their business, the players they’ve got and the heart they’ve got as well. I think they showed that in abundance last week against Man City so we know it’s going to be an incredibly tough task, but it’s a task that we’re going to need to be up for and one that we need to face head on.”
Tapping into Liverpool’s obvious (but dormant this season) talents will be key, as Robbo highlighted.
“If we can play like we have done previously then I believe we’re a tough team to beat but we need to go out and show that. Like I said, we need consistency and to follow Wednesday’s good performance – [which came] without the result – and if the performance levels are the same then I believe that gives us the best chance to win the game.”