Liverpool news: Robertson prioritises defensive solidity

1 year ago

In the latest Liverpool news, Andy Robertson believes defensive solidity will be key to the Red’s chances of progressing in the Champions League, although he knows that will be easier said than done against Manchester City.

The two teams will go head-to-head in the first-leg of their quarter-final tie at Anfield on Wednesday in what will be the first meeting between the pair in European competition, although they have played out two enthralling encounters in the Premier League already this season.

City won the first match at the Etihad Stadium in emphatic fashion, prevailing 5-0 in September, while Liverpool won the reverse match 4-3 in January.

Many people are expecting a lot of goals once again on Wednesday, particularly given the wealth of attacking talent on both sides, but Reds defender Robertson knows just how important it is for his team to try and keep things tight at the back.

“Two clean sheets would be lovely then we know worst case scenario it’s going to extra time,” Robertson told the club website. “Of course, every game we go out and try and keep a clean sheet but we know how hard it’s going to be against a world-class team in Manchester City.”

The 24-year-old certainly believes his side have enough quality going forward that, if they do manage to keep City at bay on Wednesday, then they should be able to take an advantage into next week’s return match.

He added: “That’s got to be the aim and if we can do that then we’ve got a right good chance of winning the game because we know if we create chances we’ve got the people up top that can put them away.

“If they do that and we do our jobs then hopefully we’ve got a lead going into next week.”

Liverpool have won their last five league meetings with City on home soil and they are 15/8 with Ladbrokes to secure a first-leg advantage from Wednesday’s contest.