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ROBERTSON: THIS ISN'T ABOUT CITY LOSING POINTS.. IT'S ALL ABOUT US GRASPING THIS EXCITING OPPORTUNITY.

Byline: DAVID MADDOCK

LIVERPOOL'S title destiny is still very much in their own hands - and they must embrace the exciting opportunity.

That was the message from Andy Robertson, after the Reds went back to the top of the table with a draw at Manchester United that would normally be considered a valuable point, but instead somehow felt a serious blow.

Liverpool full-back (above) admitted there was disappointment after Sunday's game, but he believes the team can dust themselves down and take inspiration from the fans at Old Trafford who were joyful at going back on top.

"It is disappointing, but we are top of the league - and if you'd offered everyone connected to Liverpool being a point clear in February, everybody would have taken it," said the Scotland skipper.

"We need to look at the fans, the way they didn't celebrate it, but we're happy we were back top of the league, happy with the point. It's an exciting opportunity we need to grab with both hands and so at the end of the season we say we gave it our all whether we were good enough or not - as long as we've given it 100 per cent."

United away was perhaps the biggest test left in Liverpool's domestic fixture list, especially given their recent form, and even though Robertson conceded there is a spark missing from the team at the moment, he remains positive.

He is certain there will be more dropped points from all the title challengers in the race.

"Easy isn't it? If we win every game, we win the league!" he said with a smile. "That's the position we're in, no other team can say that.

"But it's the Premier League, there are going to be a lot of twists and turns and it'll go right to the wire. We've got to be strong, we've got to enjoy it, and I'm sure we will.

"United away is one of the toughest challenges you'll face, and we've come through that with a point and that's fine."

Closest rivals City must also go to Old Trafford, but even though Robertson believes United are back to their best, he insisted the Reds cannot look to other clubs. "We won't be looking at City's fixtures, we need to concentrate on our games. If we take our eye off the ball that's how we'll lose it.

"Last two games being 0-0 it's easy to say there was a spark missing. But we have to get used to teams sitting back and being more defensive."

Liverpool are set to be without Roberto Firmino, who has an ankle injury, for tomorrow's game against Watford at Anfield.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 26, 2019
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