Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson ruled the reigning champions of the 2019-20 Premier League title race following their 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on Wednesday.
The defeat — Liverpool’s second successive loss at home after a run of 68 Premier League matches unbeaten at Anfield — left Jurgen Klopp’s side seven points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Liverpool and City, who occupied the top two spots in each of the past two seasons, meet at Anfield on Sunday, though Robertson said this is not a clash between two title contenders this season.
“Any game against Man City is a big one,” Robertson said after the defeat to Brighton. “As this moment stands, we’re not in the title race. We are seven points behind them and they have a game in hand.
“I’m sure they’d say the same if they were potentially 10 points behind. We need to get back to the Liverpool everyone knows. We’re still a good team. We don’t turn into a bad team overnight.”
Robertson said he cannot understand why Liverpool aren’t finding their rhythm and accepted Brighton deserved their victory.
“Brighton were the better team,” he added. “We were hugely disappointing all over there park. You have to give the the team credit for playing well.
“They created chances, pressed us — did everything we wanted to do. We didn’t really do anything of note. With a long record of going unbeaten we’ve lost two. When you don’t show up you don’t get results.
“We prepare for every game different. It’s just not clicking. We need to find a way to get results, especially at home. You can do everything in training.”