‘We couldn’t get close to them in the last 10-15 minutes’: Andy Robertson makes dizzying confession about Liverpool’s inability to compete with Real Madrid in Champions League loss
- Andy Robertson says Liverpool couldn’t get close to Real Madrid on Tuesday
- They lost 3-1 to a brace from Vinicius Junior and a goal from Marco Asensio
- Robertson believes Liverpool were ‘punished’ for a slow start to the quarter-final
- He admits it’s ‘do or die’ on the next leg as they fight to stay in the league
Andy Robertson says Liverpool couldn’t get close to Real Madrid for the last 10-15 minutes, giving away ‘cheap’ goals in their Champions League game on Tuesday night.
Liverpool suffered a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final after a brace from Vinicius Junior and a goal from Marco Asensio.
Robertson believes Liverpool were ‘punished’ for a slow start and says it will be ‘do or die’ in the next leg as they fight to keep their European dream alive.
Andy Robertson says Liverpool couldn’t get close to Real Madrid for the past 10-15 minutes
Robertson reflected in Liverpool’s performance after the game, saying: ‘We didn’t start well, we gave away too many cheap balls, we became silent in the game.
‘It took us a while to get going, which we can’t do at this level. We were punished for it in the first half. ‘
He added: “The goals were cheap from our point of view and then you are 2-0 behind.”
Liverpool lost 3-1 to a brace from Vinicius Junior (above) and a goal from Marco Asensio
Roberts, however, praised Mohamed Salah for scoring an away goal, but admitted that Jurgen Klopp’s side was simply ‘not at the races’.
He said, ‘I thought we came out fine and got the crucial goal. If it ended 2-1 you wouldn’t be happy of course, but you’ll be fine.
Then you just open the other end. 3-1, it’s tough, but we probably got what we deserved tonight.
‘We weren’t at the races, but the only positive thing is that we have an away goal. Let’s see if that’s crucial or not. But next week we have to play a lot better than this week.
‘Our response was good. The back of the second half we were okay and the second half we were okay.
Robertson believes Liverpool were ‘punished’ for a slow start to their quarter-final
He did credit Mo Salah for giving Liverpool an away goal in the 51st minute
‘We got the goal through Mo and like you said, 2-1 you are right in the match and in the middle of the match. It’s just disappointing to lose the next.
‘Then we couldn’t really get close to them for the last 10-15 minutes. They were very good at keeping the ball and killing the game.
“They have so many experienced players like Modric and they can do it so easily. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t get to the ball to get even more chances on the other side. ‘
Liverpool will go into the return game next Wednesday and have to score at least twice.
Klopp’s side will also have to prevent Madrid from scoring to have any chance of progressing to the Champions League semi-finals.
Robertson referred to the second leg as a ‘do or die’ scenario and insisted teammates were up for the challenge.