‘Different class’ – Robertson lavishes praise on three Liverpool players following ‘big performance’

Lewis Oldham
Robertson praises Liverpool trio

Andy Robertson reserved praise for three Liverpool players after they edged out Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

The Reds travelled to face the Magpies in the early game on Saturday. Before this clash, Newcastle were on a run of winning ten games in 14 in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe’s side had also won six straight games at St James’ Park. Liverpool battled hard as they defeated the hosts. 

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Naby Keita’s goal in the 19th minute proved to be the winner. The visitors had 24 shots and they were resolute in defence as they kept a clean sheet.

Liverpool are now top of the Premier League. Man City will return to the summit if they beat Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday evening.

Speaking post-match, Robertson reserved special praise for Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez:

“Newcastle worked really hard, they’re in fantastic shape. They’re in the top ten, so we knew it was going to be difficult,” Robertson said (quotes via The Metro).

“Luckily we got the goal and I don’t think they had too many chances after that. We had a few to kill the game off but we’re just happy with the three points.

“Joelinton was causing us a couple of problems early on, but in the second half I thought the lads were excellent against him.

“They started better than us but then we got a foothold in the game. We got the goal and we got a bit better after that.

“They didn’t have many chances. I thought the two centre-backs and Joe Gomez were different class.

“We made five changes today, but the lads that are coming in are putting in big performances. We need that between now and the end of the season.”

Jurgen Klopp suggested that Liverpool “controlled the game” against Newcastle:

“It’s the most difficult of circumstances. A team in form, a crowd waiting for ages for proper success. Coming here with five changes and building pretty much a new setup is really difficult, so the performance was absolutely outstanding. I loved it. We controlled the game in so many ways.

“The only plan they had was the long ball to our right side. The impact we have from the bench is outstanding. Joe Gomez, what a game. Naby Keita, what a game. James Milner, what a game. Diogo Jota – my god, what a game. Then you see Andy Robertson in the 93rd minute, making the run.”