Saturday 21 September 2019

'We've no time to have a hangover' - Andy Robertson and Liverpool turn attention to title challenge

Barcelona's Lionel Messi with Liverpool's Andrew Robertson at the end of the match
Barcelona's Lionel Messi with Liverpool's Andrew Robertson at the end of the match
Andy Robertson. Photo: AFP

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is determined to ensure there is no Premier League hangover after his side's brutal defeat against Barcelona.

After Wednesday's 3-0 first-leg loss in the Champions League semi-final, a trip to Newcastle in the Premier League tomorrow will test Liverpool's powers of recovery. "We are near the end of the season but we've got three, hopefully four, games left. We've no time to have a hangover now," said Robertson.

"We need to go strong into the Newcastle game first and we need to get our bodies, first and foremost, ready and then go again because we can't let our foot off the gas. We need the three points and push them (Manchester City) the whole way. Newcastle is our full concentration now."

Liverpool felt they were without luck in the Nou Camp but acknowledged the genius of Lionel Messi.

"It's a strange one because we played well but we got beat 3-0 and it's baffling how that's happened," said Robertson.

"We didn't take our chances and they had a bit of luck with the second. It's going to be a tough task now but now we have to think about Saturday first and foremost and then believe that we can do something special on Tuesday."

James Milner said Liverpool will not give up hope of making the final, pointing to the club's history of fightbacks.

"Obviously, it's possible. If it's possible anywhere then it is possible at Anfield," said Milner. "We have seen special European nights there before and big comebacks.

"It's going to be very difficult, we know that. We have to bounce back quickly from this with a big game at the weekend.

Hopefully we can get a good result there and get a bit of positivity going into next week."

Such optimism is balanced by the reality that Liverpool must face Messi again, and he again proved there is no stopping his brilliance.

"He's very hard to stop.

"He is definitely one of the greatest to have ever played the game, if not the greatest," said Milner.

"When he does things like he does, it's tough to stop.

"You can't concentrate on him too much because they have another 10 out there who are pretty good. You try stopping him the best you can when he is obviously on it.

"It's very difficult. Many teams have tried different ways to do it. The free-kick was obviously pretty much from nothing. We have to focus on the positives from our side for the second leg.

"We created chances and we played a pretty solid game apart from the goals we conceded, which we could have done a bit better. It's going to be very difficult.

"We knew that but we thought we could hurt them as well. Unfortunately we didn't get the goal that we needed but we had chances to do it." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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