ReactionAndy Robertson: FA Cup exit is hard to take
Andy Robertson conceded Liverpool’s Emirates FA Cup exit at Brighton & Hove Albion was hard to take for Jürgen Klopp’s squad.
The Reds were beaten 2-1 at the Amex Stadium by an injury-time effort as Kaoru Mitoma’s volley found the back of the net.
His strike was enough to send the hosts through into the fifth round, and bring Liverpool's defence of the trophy to an end on the south coast.
Harvey Elliott had earlier opened the scoring for the Reds, before home captain Lewis Dunk inadvertently levelled via a Tariq Lamptey long-range effort.
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“It’s bitterly disappointing,” Robertson told ITV post-match.
“I thought it was a proper cup tie, [it was] end to end – both teams had chances.
"We were a lot more competitive than two weeks ago against them, but that didn’t take much.
“We were nowhere near good enough two weeks ago and I thought today we were slightly better. We had chances and [we were] a bit more compact.
"At the end of the day we’re going out the cup and that’s hard to take. When you’re at a club like Liverpool, the fans and everyone expect us to go far in these competitions and we’ve not managed it.
"Obviously it’s the last minute and it’s the last kick of the ball – it’s so disappointing.”
He later added: “We need to [improve] quick. We keep saying that, but it doesn’t help the fans.
"I feel sorry for them, obviously the way we’re putting on a show just now.
“Behind the goal was packed today [and] the fans were unbelievable. We let them down again and we’re obviously disappointed to be out the cup.”