Liverpool will not think about Manchester City until the sides meet in the New Year, insists Andy Robertson.
The Reds and the reigning Premier League champions – both unbeaten this season – are separated by two points at the top of the table, with a slight gap to the rest of the chasing pack following the midweek round of fixtures.
This weekend, it is Jürgen Klopp’s side who play first, with Liverpool’s trip to Bournemouth preceding City’s game at Chelsea on Saturday.
But speaking ahead of the lunchtime kick-off at Vitality Stadium, Robertson stated the Reds’ determination to focus only on their own form.
“When you look at it and say, ‘You’d be unbeaten at the start of December’, you [think] you’d be at the top of the league – but we’re not. We’re still chasing City,” the left-back told Sky Sports.
“It’s been a good start for us, and we need to keep going, keep focusing on what we’re doing instead of looking at anyone else.
“We’re controlling what we’re doing right now, and if we keep putting the pressure on City, I’m sure it will go right to the end.”
He added: “The only result we can control against Manchester City is the one when they play us, other than that we can’t. We need to focus on our own results. We need to keep picking up the three points.”