Ahead of Sheffield United against Liverpool tomorrow, Reds left-back Andy Robertson is under no illusions as to how tough the game will be.
Most are expecting Liverpool to comfortably see off the Blades. It would be a pretty standard prediction anyway, but has even more weight behind it given United’s dreadful injury problems.
The Blades head into the game with their entire first-choice back three missing. Liverpool, meanwhile, are without Jordan Henderson, while the likes of Jota, Fabinho, and Milner face late tests.
But Robertson, speaking to the Liverpool official website, says United provided two of the toughest games of last season and fully expects a difficult evening tomorrow.
“Similar to us in a shorter period of time, you don’t turn into a bad team overnight; they have still got the same players that are full of quality, they have got a fantastic manager who is clearly well regarded in the game, and they are desperate for points as well. So, for me, it’s definitely not ‘a perfect game’ if people are saying it like that,” Robertson said.
“It’s one of the toughest games of the season and irrelevant of our form or their form at the minute, it’s going to be a battle. We know what we expect from Sheffield United but it’s about trying to match that and about trying to then overcome that, which we did so well last season in the two games.“
Robertson praise great for Sheffield United but this is a different prospect for Liverpool
While it’s nice of Robertson to sing the praises of the Blades and dish out the compliments, we are an entirely different team to last season.
Yes, we will fight and scrap for the ball but we are lacking confidence, lacking quality, and missing our best players. On paper, Liverpool should be looking to absolutely dominate the game tomorrow.
Of course, football is football, and you never know what might happen, especially in an evening kick off at Bramall Lane. But Robertson, deep down, will be fully expecting his team to walk away with a comfortable three points here.