Andy Robertson says Liverpool must maintain level to topple Manchester City next season

Liverpool fell just short of ending the club’s 29-year wait for a domestic league title

Mark Critchley
Northern Football Correspondent
Monday 13 May 2019 19:18
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Ten games that decided the Premier League title between Man City and Liverpool

Andy Robertson believes more of the same from Liverpool could be enough to topple Manchester City next season and finally win the Premier League title.

Liverpool fell just short of ending the club’s 29-year wait for a domestic league title on Sunday, finishing one point behind the reigning champions.

Their haul of 97 points would have been enough to finish above every team to ever compete in the Premier League bar two: this year’s and last year’s City.

It may prove that in order to finish above Pep Guardiola’s side next season, Liverpool need to set a new points record, surpassing City’s 100-point total in 2017-18.

But Robertson believes that so long as he and his team-mates maintain the same level, they will stand an excellent chance of dethroning their rivals.

“I think maybe it is doing what we have done,” he said, when asked whether Liverpool have the quality to finish above City over 38 games.

“97 points wins every single league apart from last season, so if we do that again we will keep knocking on the door and we won't be far off it.”

“Of course there are some games we weren't at our best and in a long season that always happens.

“Man City were 14 games unbeaten for them without dropping a point was incredible and title-winning performances. Fair play to them. Obviously they were the best team so they deserve it.”

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Liverpool’s previous attempts to build on a title challenge have been hampered by top European clubs signing their key players.

In 2009, a disgruntled Xabi Alonso was lost to Real Madrid. Five years later, top scorer Luis Suarez joined Barcelona and could not be adequately replaced.

Robertson does not see history repeating itself this summer. Indeed, after reaching a second successive Champions League final, Liverpool are establishing themselves as a member of the continent’s elite.

“Fingers-crossed we don't lose anyone,” the Scot said. “We are a tight group and we don't want to lose anyone. We will go into next season as strong as ever.

“Man City know, hopefully, we are here to stay – we know they are definitely here to stay, they are incredible.

“Then all the teams have to catch us as there was quite a gap between second and third. They all need to come up to us and if they do it will be an incredible title race next season.”

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