The Reds thumped Rangers in midweek to kickstart their season but the Scottish left back gave an honest verdict on what his side need to overcome Man City in the title race.
Liverpool’s empathic 7-1 victory over Rangers in the Champions League on Wednesday put them one step closer to the knockout stages as they kickstarted their season in style.
The thumping win at Ibrox saw the Reds bounce back from the weekend defeat to Arsenal amid a difficult run of form. But despite that impressive performance, Andy Robertson has identified the missing trait that Liverpool need to overcome Manchester City this weekend.
Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne has made an early prediction ahead of City’s trip to Merseyside on Sunday, while two Premier League legends have agreed on Liverpool’s transfer priority this season.
Robertson makes honest admission
Andy Robertson has made an honest omission on Liverpool and what they’re missing ahead of Sunday’s clash with Man City following Wednesday’s 7-1 mauling of Rangers.
Liverpool showed plenty of encouragement that they can quickly rediscover their best form during that triumph in Glasgow, but the Scotsman acknowledged that the Reds need to show consistency if they are to make any progress. He said: “It’s a massive game, of course it is. We need to try to get consistency back into our game, back into our performance.
That’s what has probably been lacking this season. City on Sunday will always be difficult, but it has to start somewhere. Against Rangers the result was a very good one and the performance was excellent. We have to keep that going, we have to play with that intensity (all the time).”
Following Tuesday’s win against Rangers, Premier League legends Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand were in agreement over Liverpool’s transfer priority this season.
The Reds may have dismantled their Scottish hosts but both player-turned-pundits believe more fresh faces are a must. Speaking to BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “They do need to bring in new players. I think [Sadio] Mane’s been a big loss. At the moment it’s not going the way they wanted it to but I think in time it may catch up.”
Owen added: “The worry for Liverpool is a lot of their best players are their older ones. The [Virgil] van Dijks, the Salahs, [Jordan] Henderson, Fabinho, they’re players that are 30, or approaching 30, or in Henderson’s case well into their thirties. So they’re the ones they’ve got to worry about.”
And ahead of the game, City midfielder De Bruyne has given his prediction. Despite both sides experiencing contrasting starts to the new campaign, the Belgian feels Liverpool will be “back to their best”, with the Reds often turning up the tempo when facing Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield.
He said: “I expect them to be the best Liverpool possible. Obviously they’ve lost some points but they are still Liverpool and I expect them to be good, that’s the only way I see it.”