In pictures: Brentford v Liverpool
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Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has hit out at his team-mates for their role in the 3-1 defeat to Brentford before he came on the pitch. The Scotland international was only brought on at half-time when the Reds were trailing 2-0.
Robertson was left out of the starting XI due to a dead leg he suffered last week. Kostas Tsimikas replaced him on the left-hand side of defence.
But the first half couldn’t have gone much worse for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Brentford scored from two set-pieces and also had two goals disallowed for offside.
Klopp rang the changes at half-time, bringing on three players including Robertson. The visitors improved after the break, grabbing a goal back through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and also seeing a Darwin Nunez strike ruled out.
Liverpool continued to search for an equaliser but were unable to find one. Bryan Mbeumo sealed the victory late on at a jubilant Gtech Community Stadium.
Robertson says most of the damage was done in the first half, before he was on the pitch. He told Viaplay: “Obviously we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. It’s as simple as that.
“We didn’t have any runners in-behind, we didn’t have anyone high and wide, we didn’t have anyone in spaces, we couldn’t keep the ball, we lost the second balls, balls in-behind they dealt with, set-pieces they dealt with. So yeah, when you all add all those things up, you’re never going to get a result at this place.
“We knew what Brentford are good at, it’s not hard to work out what they’re good at, and they’re very consistent at it. We were prepared as to what we were expecting but obviously just struggled with it.
“Set-pieces were a huge weapon for them, the first two goals came from that, that’s hugely disappointing from our point of view. You go in at half-time at 2-0 down and you have to fight an uphill battle.”
Robertson admitted there were improvements after half-time. However, he said Brentford were fully deserving of their victory.
He added: “We tried, the first 15-20 minutes of the second half I thought we pushed well, we got a goal, we obviously got one chalked off, we had a couple of half chances and then we started to commit more bodies forward the later it got and we got hit on the counter-attack.
“I don’t think we can have any complaints about the result today, about where the three points went, I think Brentford deserved it and that’s why we find ourselves in the position that we’re in.”
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