Liverpool’s Scotland left-back spoke in depth about what the Red Devils are aiming for as the season picks up and Jurgen Klopp’s men are still racing for a historic double
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It was called the Glorious Game after all. Football history is all about glory, moments of art and imagination that inspire legend.
Liverpool know all about that, of course. Famous names, exciting jobs. However, even a glance at their history reveals that it is the hard courts that provide the road to the titles.
By Shankly teams were famous for those terrible wastes, bloody victories. Paisley’s teams, too, were warriors before anything else, the 1979 team – perhaps the greatest ever – conceding just 16 goals in 42 games.
It was a trivial fact that became a fact. Win games you don’t deserve… ugly wins bring championships. Therefore, it is not surprising that wisdom was unleashed freely after this defeat of West Ham.
Jurgen Klopp has said of winning when he doesn’t play well: “You can’t win 12 in a row if you just win the matches you’re flying,” was his candid assessment. Trent Alexander-Arnold talk about “sharpen it out”.
Interestingly, he suggests: “These are the important things.” Of course, he’s meant to be in the title race – that’s essential to winning the tournament. One-nils. Ugly victories. Clean plates.
Liverpool have 15 of them in Premier League already in this season, pull the level with City of Manchester in that statistic on Saturday night. They have averaged 2.6 goals per game, but a head-to-head zero is the prize.
“Keeping a clean sheet is important – that’s what we base it on,” explained Andy Robertson after a big win, and possibly a pivotal moment in this season’s race.
“They give us confidence in what we are doing. Today is one of the more difficult days. We have to put bodies on the line, handle the final groove and the like.
“Don’t get me wrong, strikers love to score but the start of winning games is by keeping a clean sheet, then hoping the boys up front do their magic. Luckily Sadio made it today. Then it’s up to us to dig deep.”
Mane’s moment was truly a miracle, a run so perfect that it deserves more praise than it gets. However, Liverpool were lucky, despite having more chances in the first half. They look tired, lethargic even at times struggling on a slow, heavy pitch.
It happens of course. However, there have been signs against Chelsea in the EFL Cup final again. Mo Salah hasn’t been near his best, the midfield is looking a bit more open. Thiago’s absence and ability to control the tempo in competitions is a major shortcoming.
The question is, can they make it through this stage, emerging with restored energy, their position near the top of the table intact? Robertson believes that is the key. Currently, they have won 12 games in a row, but he believes there will be more to come.
“12 games in a row is unbelievable but we need to keep going. We need more than that if we want to achieve what we want to achieve,” he explains.
“If we don’t play well, we try to produce results, the important thing is how long it can go on. We are now entering March and we are still fighting for three competitions. That’s interesting.
“But it’s up to us to make it interesting, and the only way we do it is to find a way to keep winning games. Because we still have some distance to close, we are still in the chase and we must keep chasing. That’s the key. ”
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