Liverpool struggled against United on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Andrew Robertson believes Liverpool need to start respecting themselves by playing more positively as the Reds aim to take control of the Premier League title race.
Liverpool missed the chance to go three points clear at the top of the table against Manchester United over the weekend, struggling to break down an injury-struck Red Devils.
Roberto Firmino went off injured while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane failed to find their spark when United sat back and looked to hold out for a draw in the second half.
Liverpool registered just one shot on target over 90 minutes and Robertson urged his teammates to rediscover their confidence ahead of a massive week.
‘We need to get used to teams doing that now. It’s two top top-quality teams have done that to us in the last week – Bayern Munich and Man United, it doesn’t get much bigger than that,’ said Robertson.
‘I think something we’re struggling with is that we need to start respecting ourselves. These teams are showing us the respect and we need to use that as a positive.
Robertson thinks his teammates need to respect themselves (Picture: Getty)‘They’ve shown us the respect of sitting back and being a bit more defensive than they have been since the manager’s took over, we need to use that as a positive rather than a negative.
‘It’s maybe something we need to work on. I’ve never seen Lukaku dropping so deep in my life but that’s the respect they kind of showed us.
‘Rashford and Lukaku also made it hard for both full-backs to go at the same time. It was clever from them.
Liverpool can’t afford to slip up this week (Picture: Getty)‘But luckily we didn’t hit on the counter-attack, which they’ve been so good at, I think we were quite good at that, definitely a positive we can take.
‘But in front of goal it was disappointing.’
Liverpool cannot afford to slip up again with just a point separating them and Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Watford on Wednesday before an emotionally charged Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.