Robertson: It's a sprint to the finish - and we're in the race

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Published 16th March 2022
By Chris Shaw

Andy Robertson anticipates a ‘sprint to the finish line’ after Liverpool moved to within a point of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Extended highlights: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool

Second-half goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino clinched a 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night, the Reds’ ninth consecutive top-flight win.

The result further reduced the gap to the leaders at the summit with nine games left to play when league action resumes in early April.

Speaking to Sky Sports post-match at Emirates Stadium, Robertson reflected on how Liverpool overcame the Gunners and detailed the team’s mindset as they continue to chase City…

On how Liverpool turned the game their way in the second half…

I think we just played a bit better, to be honest. We started the game really well, first five or 10 minutes, couple of corners and had a couple of chances. Then they had the better of the first half, the majority of it. They were keeping the possession better, they were winning second balls a wee bit better than us. But we knew we were in at half-time 0-0 – we knew we could play better, we knew we just had to find the half-spaces a bit better, tweak a couple of things – and luckily, it worked. Second half, we were a lot more dominant, we were the ones pushing and luckily, we were clinical in front of goal as well.

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On taking satisfaction from his assist for Firmino’s goal…

Yeah, of course, it’s always good to contribute and assist goals. I got my head up and saw Bobby run ahead. I think it was a wee bit more [of a] defensive performance tonight, me and Trent. Martinelli and Saka are really hard work – tricky wingers, always wanting the ball in behind, always looking to take you on one-v-one. I thought Trent was outstanding against Martinelli. It’s never easy against Saka so I was happy to keep him quiet in this game. A really tough game. So happy with the clean sheet and obviously to assist Bobby. Bobby deserves his goal, I thought he was outstanding when he came on. Most importantly, a huge three points for us.

On the title race with Man City…

It was a game in hand. I don’t like games in hand too much, I would much rather points on the board – I’ve always said that. Now we’re on level games. But I’d still rather be in Man City’s position, they’re ahead, they’ve still got a point advantage, obviously we still need to go to their place. I think a couple of players said that after the game; I agree with that. We just need to keep going, we need to try to keep winning games. We’re in fine form just now but we’ve got another huge game on Sunday, another chance to get to Wembley and then the international break. We need to keep pushing, we need to keep winning games and if we do that we’ll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

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On the Reds’ momentum in the race…

But they’ve got an extra point than us. They’re a point better off, they’re a fantastic team – one of the best in the world. They will obviously try to have a strong finish. That’s us done for the Premier League until after the international break, both teams, and then it’s a sprint to the finish line. We’re in the race. A lot of people maybe didn’t think we were going to be come January time, but we’re definitely in the race and we just need to keep trying to focus on what we’re doing and picking up as many points as possible.

Published 16th March 2022