Liverpool defender Andy Robertson offered a scathing assessment of his team’s performance following Thursday night’s defeat to Chelsea, which saw the Reds lose five consecutive home fixtures for the first time in their 129-year history.
Despite coming back into their own in the second half Liverpool could not string together the right moves to make a comeback, leaving a furious Robertson at the final whistle urging his team-mates not to ‘rely on the past.’
Andy Robertson has issued a rally cry to his team-mates after a fifth consecutive home loss
Robertson was energetic for the Reds but admits ‘too many heads are going down’ in matches
The Scotland international spoke to Sky Sports at the end of the game, and pulled no punches as he admitted that the reigning champions simply are not good enough right now and are now running out of games to achieve their aim of finishing in the top four.
Robertson insists that his side must forget all about the heroics of last season in order to avoid sleepwalking to a potentially catastrophic mid-table finish.
‘We can’t rely on the past. Last season is over with, it is done,’ said Robertson.
Robertson says Liverpool cannot look to last season when they achieved unparalleled success
‘We have nowhere near been good enough to what Liverpool team should be. We are dropping further and it is not good enough.
‘These games are won and lost on fine margins and these goals can’t happen. For us to get beaten on the counter attack is not good enough.
‘Five home games without a win, that is nowhere near good enough. Nothing is going to help the fans at home and it is simply not good enough because games are running out for what we want.
‘Too many heads are going down when we go 1-0 down, we cant do that. Football is about taking knocks.
Jurgen Klopp was left with questions to answer after Liverpool’s historic fifth home defeat
‘Games are running out and we need to put the pressure on the teams below us. People will think we are down and out and we need to get the results to show them we are not. At the moment we are not doing that,’ he added.
Liverpool remain in seventh place in the table after 27 matches played, sitting four points adrift of the top four.
They return to action on Sunday afternoon, when Scott Parker’s relegation candidates Fulham arrive on Merseyside.
The two sides last met in December when Liverpool could only salvage a late 1-1 draw against the strugglers, courtesy of a 79th minute Mohamed Salah penalty.