Andy Robertson has reportedly ruled Liverpool out of the Premier League title race following his side’s notable dip in form.
Liverpool long seemed to be on course of claiming back-to-back Premier League crowns. The reigning title-holders entered 2021 as the league leaders, having suffered just one defeat in their 15 top-flight fixtures last calendar year. However, things have gone south since the calendar flipped to 2021. The Reds have lost four times in their seven Premier League outings this year, a sequence that saw them slip to fourth in the table. In fact, top-placed Manchester City are currently seven points clear of Liverpool and have a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool had gone unbeaten in 68 Premier League matches at Anfield on the bounce before succumbing to a dismal 1-0 defeat to relegation-fighters Burnley on Matchday 18. Brighton made sure to pour more misery on the Merseyside giants, running out 1-0 winners out on Liverpool’s home ground last time out. Ahead of their upcoming showdown against high-flying Manchester City, the Reds have failed to find the net in three consecutive Premier League home matches. If Klopp’s men fail to get on the scoresheet against Pep Guardiola’s boys, it will be the first time in history that Liverpool have not scored in four Premier League home outings on the trot.
Beating City would propel Liverpool back into contention for the Premier League trophy. And the current champions can take some confidence from their remarkable home run versus City that started in 2003. Indeed, the Sky Blues have failed to secure all three points in any of their previous 17 top-flight trips to Anfield (D5, L12), drawing a blank in three of their last five such contests. That’s the kind of statistic Liverpool will be looking to dwell on ahead of a potentially season-changing fixture.
Given the way Liverpool are playing at the moment, Andy Robertson has no interest in deluding himself. The 26-year-old left-back is desperate to see his team restore their form but refuses to put them into the same bracket with Manchester City and Manchester United. On the eve of the massive clash against the Citizens, Robertson has urged his teammates to bounce back.
“Any game against Man City is a big one,” Robertson told BBC.
“As this moment stands, we’re not in the title race. We are seven points behind them, and they have a game in hand. I’m sure they’d say the same if they were potentially 10 points behind.
“We need to get back to the Liverpool everyone knows. We’re still a good team. We don’t turn into a bad team overnight.”