Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson talks about facing a new-look Aston Villa side
Liverpool’s season did not restart the way they would want it to in ideal situations. Following a 3-2 loss to Manchester City in the EFL Cup on 22nd December, the Reds have a solid opportunity to balance the act out by getting off to winning ways against Aston Villa in the league on Boxing Day.
However, that also will not come easy as after the sacking of Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard as Villa manager, the appointment of Unai Emery came in extremely swiftly and the Birmingham outfit have got off to a good start under the Spaniard.
Alongside that, the factor of unpredictability also comes in and they become all the tougher to come up against. Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson had a word about getting off to the best possible start against the Villans.
We have won four games on the trot against Aston Villa across competitions, but that 7-2 defeat still traumatises Liverpool fans whenever it is brought up. The best way to forget about it is keep beating the Villans whenever we face them.
Here is what Robertson said on facing a new-look Villa side via Liverpool Echo:
“Now the league starts, we look forward to Boxing Day, a really difficult game at Villa, new manager, new style of play and they’ve started really well under him, so we’re expecting a really tough game but we have to be ready, we have to be back at our best if we want to play in the league and that’s what we plan to do.”
Long Way to Go for The Reds
There would have also been loads to learn from the loss against a tough Manchester City side, and hopefully, the Reds incorporate all their learnings from that game into this one to get the best result possible on Monday.
Robbo played the entire 90 minutes against Manchester City, and in all likelihood start against Villa as well, and hopefully, he creates a lot of chances for Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, who are the only two fit forwards at the club right now.
It seems that the goal is pretty much clear to the players now, which is to try and win every game possible in the league. After a disappointing start to the season, in order to secure UCL football for the next campaign, the Reds will need to play out of their skin and prove a point or two.
Moreover, that will also help prospective transfer targets to come to the club as they would obviously not want to move to the Reds in a situation wherein Liverpool find themselves out of a Champions League spot.
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At the present time, Liverpool can do themselves a world of good by adding a midfielder or two in the January window, and hopefully, in case the targets do not join now, they come towards us next summer.