Andy Robertson tells Liverpool ‘we need to start respecting ourselves’

first_imgAndy Robertson believes Liverpool should start “respecting ourselves” by using how Manchester United and Bayern Munich set up against them as a mark of how highly they are rated.Liverpool’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday meant they missed a chance to pull three points ahead of Manchester City with 11 matches remaining. Robertson pointed to how United and Bayern attempted to stymie them and wants this to be an inspiration the next time it occurs. The Champions League last-16 opening leg against the German club at Anfield last Tuesday was also a goalless draw. Tentativeness has crept into misfiring Liverpool’s attacking play Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger news Share via Email Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Manchester United Thank you for your feedback. Topics “Big teams like Bayern and Manchester United are full of world-class stars and they changed their way of playing to try to stop us,” the left-back told Liverpool’s website.“We need to take that as a mark of respect and not shy away from it, stand up to that and show them why there is respect. These big teams are showing us respect but maybe we need to start respecting ourselves.”The draw on Sunday was disrupted by an injury-strewn first half during which United’s manager, Ole Gunner Solskjær, had to make all three of his allowed substitutions, as Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera sustained hamstring problems. Klopp had to take Roberto Firmino off because of a sore ankle. Robertson said: “Four substitutions in the first half is unheard of in a game like that. We need to deal with that better because the game still was on and when the game stopped it kind of killed our momentum.“A point at Old Trafford is never a bad result. It could have been more, and we are not hiding away from that, but we got a point and go back top of the Premier League.”Robertson wants Liverpool to embrace the chance of a first championship since 1990. He said: “We just need to grab it with both hands and at least at the end of the season we go back and say we gave it our all whether we weren’t good enough or we were.”He acknowledged, though, that improvement is needed. “The last two games [being] 0-0 it’s easy to say there’s a spark missing,” he said. “I can’t really remember any real chances [against United], so there was a spark missing. That’s why it’s hardest to win a Premier League instead of a Champions League – because it’s over 38 games. You can’t play well in every game but it’s about grinding out results.“We might well look back on games and say: ‘You know what, a time we weren’t playing our best we ground out results and that’s what won us the league.’ There are always times in the season where every team will look at it but we need to start getting back to playing better and attacking better.” Liverpool Was this helpful? Hide Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Bayern Munich Share on LinkedIn Show Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Reuse this contentlast_img read more