Robertson: Liverpool beat Aston Villa the ‘proper’ way
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson says Liverpool’s victory over Aston Villa was “a proper one” after the Reds’ defenders ‘dug deep’.
Despite dominating possession and having 20 shots to their opponents’ four, the Reds only had Mohamed Salah’s 67th-minute penalty to show for their efforts.
In the final 15 minutes, the visitors pressed for an equaliser and caused more than their fair share of problems but Jurgen Klopp’s side hung on to ensure Steven Gerrard’s Anfield homecoming ended in a 1-0 defeat.
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“Yeah, a proper one. We had to dig deep the last 15 minutes,” Robertson told liverpoolfc.com.
“Once we got the goal they kind of took the ‘nothing to lose’ (attitude), they started being a bit more adventurous, pushing their full-backs forward and started causing us a few problems.
“But that’s when as defenders we have to stand up and we have to make ourselves count when the front boys have already scored, and I thought we did it excellently.
“I thought Joel (Matip) and Virg (Virgil Van Dijk) won every header that came their way, I thought me and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) defended well, Fab (Fabinho) was covering the spaces really well, Hendo (Jordan Henderson), Millie (James Milner) when he came on, Thiago, and of course the wingers and striker were defending really well.
“One-nil is a really good result and a clean sheet, which we’re delighted about. It could have been a couple more goals but it’s all about picking up three points, especially at this period of the season.”
Reacting to the result, Klopp admitted: “For 75 minutes we were outstanding. Clearly the better side and played in all the areas we needed to play. We created moments.
“But we go 1-0 up and… Argh. Then the game opens up, let me say it like this! We lost the rhythm. That’s a problem in football so you have to hold it from the beginning.
“[Steven Gerrard] is obviously a good coach. It is really strange when you meet before the game. A lot of the coaching staff from your own club is strange. They do what they do and everything is okay.”