Frustrated Andy Robertson claims Liverpool’s almighty collapse against Brighton ‘feels like a defeat’ after they surrendered two-goal lead at Anfield… with Reds dropping points for the third time in five Premier League outings
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson claims his side’s collapse from 2-0 up against Brighton to a 2-2 draw at Anfield felt ‘like a defeat’ on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were in complete control in their home Premier League clash thanks to first-half strikes from captain Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, but goals in each half from Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard earned Brighton a point.
The result puts the Reds three points behind top-flight leaders Chelsea – who won 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon – leaving Robertson to rue the the two goals conceded and the two points dropped.
Andy Robertson says Liverpool’s shock 2-2 draw at home to Brighton ‘feels like a defeat’
The Reds were 2-0 up against the Seagulls in the first-half but conceded twice before full-time
The left-back told LFC TV: ‘In the dressing room it feels like a defeat. Being 2-0 up and giving away a lead, it’s never nice.
‘There’s frustration. We couldn’t have asked for a better start, we scored two great goals but we let Brighton do what they were good at.
‘They started getting a wee bit confident. At half-time we needed to put it right and we didn’t do that.
‘When we’re playing at Anfield and we’re 2-0 up, we expect to come away with three points and we’ve not done that and that’s why it’s so frustrating.’
Robertson says Liverpool allowed Brighton to utilise their strengths when in the ascendancy
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Klopp joined Robertson in showing his frustration at his team post-match, with the German hitting out at his team’s body language and game management after going two goals up.
‘I wasn’t overly happy with the body language of some (players),’ admitted Klopp without giving examples. ‘We can get through periods of some games, but not against Brighton.
‘The best way to defend would have been to have the ball (more) and do clever and smart things with it. We opened the door for them coming back and we paid the price.
‘Brighton deserved the point. We were really good in certain moments but didn’t play enough football. We didn’t defend the half-spaces so the back line had to drop.
Jurgen Klopp (right) joined Robertson (left) in slamming his Liverpool side after the draw
‘Brighton are adventurous. People still don’t respect the quality they have. They might not win 35 games a season but in 38 games they will give teams a problem each time.’
The Reds remain in second place but have now drawn three times in their last five Premier League games, with two of those stalemates coming at home.
Klopp and Co’s tests do not get any easier in the coming weeks with the Reds taking on Atletico Madrid at home on Tuesday in the Champions League, with clashes against high-flying West Ham and Arsenal also to come in November.