Andy Robertson shows great attitude as he explains Liverpool’s plans for Brighton

8 May 2018

Andy Robertson says Liverpool’s sole current focus is on beating Brighton, rather than being fixated on the upcoming Champions League final.


The Reds entertain the Seagulls on Sunday afternoon, in what may be a nerve-wracking final day of the Premier League season.

Only a victory will guarantee Jurgen Klopp‘s men a place in the next season’s Champions League, with Chelsea hot on their heels in fifth place.

Lots of attention has understandably been paid to Liverpool’s gargantuan clash with Real Madrid on May 26—the club’s biggest match since reaching the final in Athens in 2007—but the Brighton game could be just as vital in the grand scheme of things.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Robertson was at his level-headed best, highlighting the importance of not switching off this weekend:

“Effectively, we have got two cup finals now.

“We can’t think about Kiev. We know the media and the fans will be focused on that but for us it’s all about Brighton.

“We know that if we win our final game we will be in the top four, regardless of how the other results go.

“It’s going to be a massive game. Getting in the top four has been our main objective since the start of the season. We need to tick that off by beating Brighton.

“All our work this week will be going towards achieving that.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 10, 2018: Liverpool's captain James Milner (left) and Andy Robertson (right) celebrates after the 2-1 (5-1 aggregate) victory over Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Robertson has been a genuinely outstanding signing since arriving from Hull City last summer, and his down-to-earth, intelligent demeanour has made him a crowd favourite at Anfield.

The Scot cut a delighted figure during the celebrations at Roma’s Stadio Olimpico last week, and although he spoke about what that moment meant to him, he again made sure to reference the Brighton match:

“It was an unbelievable night. To celebrate with the fans who have travelled everywhere to support us this season was a great feeling. You could see how happy everyone was.

“We want to experience more days like that. It will be a massive occasion in Kiev but our focus at the moment is just on Brighton.

“After Brighton, we’ll have the longest two weeks of our lives leading up to the final.”

Robertson’s bombarding runs down the left flank have been a potent weapon for Liverpool all season, and he will again be a key figure on Sunday afternoon.

Brighton are likely to stick plenty of men behind the ball, so the 24-year-old will be tasked with providing quality from wide areas, as he has done to great effect in a Reds shirt.

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