Andy Robertson’s honest admission as Southampton win hands Liverpool hope

Andy Robertson confesses Liverpool have failed to capitalise on recent slip-ups by their rivals in the race for Champions League qualification.

The Reds’ direct rivals to finish in the top four, namely Leicester City and West Ham United, have both dropped points in recent weeks.

Nonetheless, Liverpool find themselves six points adrift of the fourth-place Foxes – although the champions have a game in hand – after squandering leads against Newcastle and Leeds.

And while Jurgen Klopp’s side returned to winning ways against Southampton on Saturday night, Robertson insists there is no more margin for error with Champions League qualification at stake.

Thiago and Mane were on target for the Reds against the Saints

“It’s not that the door’s been closed, it’s that when the door’s been open we haven’t walked through it,” the Scot told Sky Sports of Liverpool’s recent stumbles in the top four race.

“People have dropped points and then we’ve dropped points as well, which when you’re in the chasing pack can’t really happen.

“So it’s out of our hands. If Leicester win all their games then we can’t catch them.

Robertson admits Liverpool haven't capitalised on their rivals' slip-ups
Robertson admits Liverpool haven’t capitalised on their rivals’ slip-ups

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“But when [the other teams] do slip up, we need to be there to capitalise on that. We’ve not been good enough on that so far this season. We can’t have any more slip-ups.”

Sadio Mane scored in the first half and Thiago added a second in the closing stages to steer the Reds to victory at Anfield.

Robertson was pleased to see his teammates capitalise on their opportunities after a frustrating run in front of goal.

“Creating chances haven’t been a problem, it’s just been that final bit putting it away,” said the left-back.

“We’ve not taken enough chances. When you keep missing them, teams get confidence from that. We are creating. Today we were clinical.”

Robertson also reserved special praise for Liverpool’s man-of-the-match goalkeeper, adding: “Luckily Alisson made a few important saves but we kept the ball well and I thought we deserved the three points.”

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