Liverpool's Andy Robertson makes honest and classy Brighton declaration after shock defeat

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson admits Brighton were 'outstanding' and that Albion fully deserved their first victory at Anfield in 39 years.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 4:57 pm
Andy Robertson trudges off at Anfield after a painful loss to Brighton

Having gone unbeaten for almost four years at home in the league, Jurgen Klopp’s side have now lost back-to-back matches at Anfield after Brighton repeated Burnley’s 1-0 victory of a fortnight ago.

“In the last three games at home we have been really disappointing and we have to get back to it. We are a long way off it,” Robertson said.

“Brighton were better at pretty much everything. They were all outstanding but we have been disappointing. We are not finding the way to win.”

Liverpool’s form against teams in the bottom eight is well below their previous standards with just three wins and four draws from nine matches.

Both Burnley and Brighton have managed to blunt their attack at Anfield without too much trouble and Klopp admits it is a problem he has to solve quickly.

“My job is to find explanations and to work with that then. I know how much better football these boys can play,” he said.

“Brighton rightly so won the game, deserved. They were fresher than us tonight, they did more good things than we did and we lost too many easy balls,” he added.

“We didn’t create a lot, for me the team looked tonight, fatigued, mentally fatigued and that leads to not the best play as well.

“We were not fresh enough which means we were not good enough to break the formation of Brighton.”

Brighton have now claimed six points from their last two matches against Tottenham and Liverpool. They have 10 points from their last 12, four clean sheets in a row and they are 10 points clear of the bottom three.

“It’s a fantastic performance and a fantastic result. There is no getting away from it. I thought we deserved the win,” said head coach Graham Potter.

“I think the performance showed character and quality. I’m so proud of the players, a great result for everyone connected with the club.

“I thought the players were sensational tonight. They left everything on the pitch and I’m so happy and proud.

“It wasn’t like we parked the bus and nicked a 1-0 win. It was one of quality, courage and effort.

“We deserved the three points.”