Football

Defender Andrew Robertson laughed off suggestions manager Jurgen Klopp had been feeling the pressure.

Jurgen Klopp is ‘smiley’ and calm – Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has laughed off suggestions manager Jurgen Klopp was feeling the strain after their title-race wobble.

Back-to-back 1-1 draws against Leicester and West Ham allowed Manchester City to briefly overtake them at the top of the table prior the Reds’ 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

That blip led to all manner of questioning about the German’s demeanour, with pundits analysing his every word in post-match interviews and a number suggesting his criticism of weather conditions and refereeing decisions meant he was feeling the pressure of squandering a five-point lead, albeit with a match in hand.

Robertson, however, said the exact opposite was true.

“He has been calm and the backroom staff have been a different class,” said the Scotland captain.

“They are the team behind the team and they are the ones who keep us going and positive.

“When people say he is nervous or we are nervous it couldn’t be further from the truth.

“He’s probably been more ‘smiley’. He is just trying to get us going and it’s obviously worked.

“In terms of the players we’ve not seen any difference in any of the staff and that feeds into the players and we’ve not changed; whether we draw, win or lose it doesn’t change.

Liverpool FC v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

“It’s a relaxed training ground and it is all about winning games. The only thing we get annoyed about – not nervous about – is that we want to win every game.

“If we have a bad result we use that to put in a positive performance the next game and that’s what we’ve done.

“Since Monday (at West Ham) we’ve studied this (Bournemouth) game.

“We wanted to have a clean sheet and we wanted to get some goals back in and it could have been a lot more (than 3-0).”

FBL-ENG-PR-LIVERPOOL-BOURNEMOUTH

The performance against a Bournemouth side who have now lost nine away matches in succession and have 13 defeats in the last 18 matches in all competitions showed a return to the high-energy pressing game and clinical counter-attacking which has been so successful for Liverpool.

Sadio Mane reached his own personal landmark by scoring in a fourth successive Premier League match for the first time, although his close-range header from James Milner’s cross had a suspicion of offside.

But there were no doubts about the second and third goals. A three-man press of Robertson, Mane and Naby Keita forced former Reds winger Jordon Ibe to lose possession and Georginio Wijnaldum’s one-touch control and clever lob was exquisite.

Mohamed Salah’s 20th of the season came after Keita’s outside-of-the-foot through-ball had been backheeled into his path by Roberto Firmino.

Topics:
Football
Sadio Mane
Georginio Wijnaldum
Andy Robertson
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
Manchester City
Liverpool

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again