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Andy Robertson says Liverpool need to turn draws into wins; The defender has mixed feelings in 2020, saying that success with the club and country comes with guilt due to the effects of the coronavirus. Southampton v Liverpool is on Monday 4th. January, from 7 p.m. live in the Sky Sports Premier League.

Liverpool need to regain their ruthless form from last season and collect more points from home if they are to stay on track to keep the Premier League title, says Andy Robertson.

Only the goal difference separates the league leaders from runner-up Manchester United, who are unbeaten in 10 games and win eight of them, to a total of 33 points after 16 games this season.

Liverpool have only won one of their last seven away games. The teams West Brom, Fulham, Brighton and most recently Newcastle have drawn against the Premier League champions in recent weeks.

« In the last two or even three years – and without disrespect for these clubs – we would have won those games last season, » Robertson said before the football trip to Southampton on Monday night.

« And if you add two points to each of those games, the table looks very different and we’re pretty happy, but you know this season is going to be unique. I think there are seven or eight teams – once the games have been played in the hand that are within three points of us at the top, as I said, it will be a unique season.

« I think I can comfortably say that it won’t be 97 or 98 points that the league will win this season, it will probably be in the 80s because it’s so tight and everyone is taking points from each other. « . We have to stay in the race and we have so far.

« Obviously the last two games have been disappointing, especially Newcastle [which ended 0-0]. We could probably have played as many chances as we had all night. I think [Newcastle goalkeeper] Karl Darlow would have kept any of them the way he played. Sometimes there are games like this. Luckily we haven’t had too many of them in the last few years, but we had it the other night.

« Only now do we have to get started in 2021. We have to play a number of games that we win. Of course, we have to collect more away points and always collect maximum points at home. Let’s see where we end up. But it’s a unique time of year. Hopefully we’ll end up at the top. « 

Robertson is also keen to return to some sort of normalcy in 2021 after a year of mixed feelings for the full-back.

The Scot captained his country to qualify for next summer’s European Championship – their first major tournament appearance since the 1998 World Cup in France – and helped Liverpool end their quest for a first-ever Premier League title.

Despite his epic triumphs on the pitch in 2020, Robertson is well aware of the misery that the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic have brought on so many people.

He said, « One of the most important things [when you look back on the past year] is that you feel a little guilty because 2020 will always be a year that I look back on with happy memories and smiles on my face because I ended two very long waiting times – for a big tournament for my country and with me as captain it was unbelievable – and then ending the 30-year wait for this club for the title was something special for me.

« But I also have to spend time with my family and have two young children. During the lockdown, I made sure I made the most of it and all that that entails.

« But if you look at it, a lot of people have lost their lives, a lot of people may have lost their jobs, and that’s where the guilt comes in because this year has been a tough year for everyone. It’s definitely a year when I look back, where I’ve learned a lot and gained a lot, but it’s also a year where all of our lives have changed and I will never forget that.

« I just hope that in 2021 we can get back to some sort of normalcy and get our normal lives back because I think if people didn’t cherish their lives before then they certainly do after this pandemic. I think everyone would like to go back to normal. « 

Robertson is hungry for more cutlery after the successes in the Premier League, the Club World Cup and the Champions League over the past 18 months and says Liverpool can look forward to including center-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in this one Year to welcome back.

« We’ve been fortunate enough to get our hands on a trophy over the past two years and of course we want to strive for more.

« In the summer I will have the privilege of leading my country out for the first time in 23 years [a Scottish captain did this]. So there is a lot to look forward to in 2021. We know the hard work and everything it takes to win a trophy and we are determined to do it.

« Obviously we’ll get Virg back sometime in 2021. I’m not sure if that will be anytime this season but he will be back and it was great to have him and Joe Gomez with the players and to see them and put smiles on their faces too. Hopefully these guys and any injured guys will be back on the field soon. « .

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Van Dijk is making progress in his recovery from a knee injury but admits the defender still has a « long way » to go in his rehabilitation.

The Netherlands international underwent surgery after suffering a ligament damage in the Merseyside derby in October. However, last week he posted an update on social media accelerating his recovery with a workout session on an exercise bike.

Klopp, who is also without defenders Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, is delighted with Van Dijk’s progress, but admits the 29-year-old’s nature of injury means he still has a lot to do to recover.

« Good, very good. I have no problem talking about Virgil van Dijk. It’s very good, but there is still a long way to go, that’s that kind of injury, « said Klopp.

« I’m happy when I see these videos to be honest because it just shows that he’s making good progress. But it will still take a long time, so it is. I would like to say something else, but unfortunately these are the facts. « 

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