Andy Robertson insists there is still time for Liverpool to ‘fix’ their season and show their old selves… as left-back admits he has relished added responsibility with Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson spending time on the sidelines
- Liverpool have suffered eight defeats in 14 league matches since Christmas
- Jurgen Klopp said it is ‘almost impossible’ to qualify for the Champions League
- Victories against RB Leipzig and Wolves have restored some Reds confidence
- And Andy Robertson is hoping it can mean it ‘may not be all bad’ come May
Liverpool still have time on their side to fix this season following a ‘bad turn’ after Christmas, according to left-back Andy Robertson.
The Premier League champions were top of the table at Christmas but a run of just three wins and eight defeats in 14 league matches has – in the words of manager Jurgen Klopp – left them with an ‘almost impossible’ task of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The Reds most recently recorded back-to-back wins against RB Leipzig in the Champions League – setting up a mouthwatering quarter-final against Real Madrid as a result – and Wolves in the English top-flight to restore some sort of confidence around Anfield ahead of the final stretch of the season.
Liverpool still have time on their side to fix this season, according to Andy Robertson
The Reds suffered eight defeats in 14 league matches after being top of the pile at Christmas
And speaking to Sky Sports, Scotland international Robertson insists that while disappointment lingers about their current situation – which sees them sit in 7th, five points behind Chelsea in fourth – the end result ‘may not be all bad’ come the end of the campaign.
‘Of course the results at club level haven’t been good enough,’ Robertson said.
‘We believe that we should be higher up the table and competing which we were doing before Christmas.
‘We just took a bad turn but hopefully we have seen the back of that now. Hopefully we can show the Liverpool of old and we can keep kicking on and the season might not be all bad come the end of it.
Some confidence has been restored with victories against RB Leipzig and Wolves
‘Unfortunately we have not had as good a season as we probably thought but there’s still time to fix it – not to the extent we would like to fix it – but there’s still time to make it a bit better.’
Liverpool’s title defence has also been derailed by a number of injury problems, with key centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez yet to return from serious knee injuries suffered in October and November.
That has seen the likes of experienced defender Joel Matip and even midfielder Jordan Henderson fill in for the injured duo, but they too have had their own injury issues, with the Reds skipper ruled out for 10 weeks last month.
And Robertson, 27, admits that while the absence of experienced heads has led to him having to shoulder more responsibility, he has only relished that, and urged his side to now put a run together amid their battle for consistency.
Robertson said he had enjoyed the responsibility in Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk’s absences
‘It’s been a different season,’ he added. ‘I like the responsibility, I have always had that responsibility at Liverpool, but maybe a bit more has been put on me this season with the likes of Virgil (van Dijk) being out, Henderson being out, Gomez being out, Matip being out.
‘We’re used to juggling two competitions. We have got to go on all fronts. We need to go for both [top four and Champions League] – we need to get up the league as high as possible – we need to put a run together.
‘We have struggled for consistency this season. You don’t make the top four unless you put six, seven, eight results together and that’s what we need at the end of the season.’
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was also ruled out for 10 weeks in February
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