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Andrew Robertson rubbishes talk of two-horse title race

The Liverpool defender believes the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham could all challenge defending champions Manchester City this term.

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson believes it would be wrong to assume the Premier League title race is just between themselves and defending champions Manchester City.

A goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday meant the pair, along with Chelsea, are level on 20 points at the top of the table with Pep Guardiola’s side edging ahead courtesy of superior goal difference.

All three have yet to lose a match this season but while Liverpool have been touted as the main challengers to City, Chelsea have shown they deserve to be in the conversation.

Also, just two points behind are Arsenal – after six successive league wins in a run of nine victories in a row in all competitions – and Tottenham.

“We feel we can compete with any team but people seem to be just dismissing other teams and making it a two-horse race, which is not the case,” said Robertson.

“We played Chelsea last week, who were excellent. They have been on a great run.

“You see teams like Arsenal with a new manager putting great results together so there is a long way to go and there will be a lot of teams competing but we hope we are one of them.

“We can play a lot better but on days when you are not at your best it is important not to drop points. Against a very good team we managed to do that.”

Defender Joe Gomez was switched back to the right of defence to accommodate Dejan Lovren’s return for his first Premier League appearance of the season after injury.

After some early concern things settled down and Riyad Mahrez’s late missed penalty extended Liverpool’s remarkable run of not conceding a league goal at Anfield to 841 minutes.

West Ham’s Michail Antonio was the last opposition player to find the net there on February 24, a spell of almost nine-and-a-half matches.

“As a back four that is what we are aiming for. We had our chances as well, it was not as if it was their game,” said Gomez, who admitted they were fortunate to escape with Mahrez’s failure from the spot.

“I think both sides had phases in the game where they had better possession and obviously they had the penalty at the end but sometimes you need that bit of luck and we got it.

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez was pleased with another Premier League clean sheet.
Liverpool’s Joe Gomez was pleased with another Premier League clean sheet (Martin Rickett/PA)

“I was just hoping Alisson got a hand to it or he missed and that was the case.

“You never know with a penalty. There was a lot of pressure on it and he put it over the bar. For us it was a positive result and we’ll take it.

“We grafted for 90 minutes to stay compact and we are happy to get the draw.

“It was always the aim (to stay unbeaten) looking at this period. We’ve had some difficult games but we will continue.”


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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