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Andy Robertson delivers his verdict on Liverpool's defending for Real Madrid's first two goals

Sam Preston April 7, 2021
Real Madrid v Liverpool FC - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Leg One
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Liverpool were 2-0 down at half time of the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid last night.

It’s fair to say both goals were preventable and Andy Robertson said as much to Sony Sports after the game.

The first goal came from a long pass from Toni Kroos to Vinicius, while Trent Alexander-Arnold made an error in the buildup to the second.

His header back to Alisson was intercepted by Marco Asensio, who ended up with a tap-in.


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“The goals are cheap from our point of view,” said Robertson. “Next week we need to play a lot better than we did this week.

“The first one’s just a straight long ball over and the boy obviously runs through but we could have defended it a lot better.

“Pressure on the ball or the backline trying to head it. The second one, Trent thinks it’s clear to head it back to Alisson.

“The boy’s anticipated it quite well but these mistakes happen sometimes and you deal with it.”

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Liverpool went into this game with a central defensive partnership with precious little experience of such big games.

Alexander-Arnold has played huge matches before but made a defensive error which has had a big impact on the tie.

There has been an awful lot of talk about his omission from the England squad but that moment showed why question marks still linger over his defensive work.

But his quality going forward can be a huge part of Liverpool’s recovery next week.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.