Andy Robertson scored the decisive goal as Liverpool beat relegation-threatened Everton in the Merseyside derby to stay at the bottom of the Premier League table
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The left-back put the Reds ahead in the 62nd minute with a header from a Mohamed Salah cross Divock Origi all three confirmed First League Points would remain at Anfield in the closing stages. The result means Liverpool end the weekend the way it started, a point behind the leaders Manchester City.
At the other end of the table, Everton’s fears of relegation are growing as they sit in 18th place, two points adrift Burnleywho secured a morale-boosting victory wolves earlier on Sunday. The good news for the Toffees is that they have a game in hand at the Clarets, but there’s no denying they’re in a bad position.
Wanting to remind Everton of that, Robertson recalled his own time in a relegation battle with them Hull City in a cheeky jibe after the game. “I’ve been in a relegation battle before so I know what it’s like,” the Scotland captain told Sky Sports. “It was tough, we started playing their game and not our own game.
“We weren’t at our best. We had to focus on ourselves and be patient and create chances. Everton are fighting for every point they can get. We didn’t create anything in the first half.”
“We had to be patient and luckily we got the goals. My first at the Kop end, it was an incredible feeling, I’m very happy with all our contributions today and now we have a tough week ahead of us.”
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Robertson’s verdict that the derby was ‘tough’ was shared by Jamie Carragher in the studio, but the Anfield legend also ripped into the Everton side after deserting her supporters during a torrid campaign. He said: “The Everton players have betrayed their manager and their fans this season.
“To perform so well against one of the best teams in the world right now and in one of the most difficult places to play football? They made it so difficult for Liverpool and they put up a real fight today. You have to look at yourself because now they’re among the are the last three and have to start fighting for their lives.”
Next up is the first leg for Liverpool Champions League semi-finals against Villarreal on Wednesday night before they return with a foray into top-flight action newcastle at the early whistle on Saturday. Everton, meanwhile, are hosts Chelsea on Sunday to get to safety.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-everton-relegation-andy-robertson-26787166 Andy Robertson is targeting a brutal relegation battle against Everton after Liverpool clinched derby triumph