Andy Robertson ‘s performance at Manchester City for Liverpool came in for some scathing criticism from pundit Gary Neville, who said the Scot played “a week on the lash” as he had.
Robertson and his Red teammates traveled as newly-crowned champions to Etihad Stadium on Thursday, with the first title in 30 years winning courtesy of last week’s defeat of Manchester City over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They fell well below the impeccable standards they set for much of this campaign, especially during a first-half nightmare that saw City race on a 3-0 lead.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, and Phil Foden put City in control, with Liverpool falling 3-0 down for the first time in a half-time Premier League game since a 6-1 thrashing at Stoke in 2015.
Since a 5-0 defeat at the same venue in September 2017, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘s own goal placed the gloss on the scoreline after the break was the first time Liverpool had fallen four goals behind.
It was Foden ‘s performance that caught the eye of many, with the young midfielder scoring and assisting for the first time in a Premier League game and becoming the youngest player to do so against Liverpool at the age of just 20, 35 days.
The England U21 international offered Robertson a particularly torrid time, although he was given no consolation by former Manchester United defender Neville, indicating that the 26-year-old had been celebrating his championship win a little too much in recent days.
“For the past two seasons, Robertson has been outstanding for Liverpool but he’s playing tonight as if he’d had a week on the lash,” Neville told Sky Sports. “He is playing around.”
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher also criticized the display from the Scotland defender, but he also praised Foden for his performance.
“Foden drags Robertson all over. Big credit to Foden. It seems as if the head of Robertson has gone down,” Carragher said.
Following the loss, following what was an unforgettable campaign for the Merseysiders, Liverpool is still 20 points clear at the summit this season and they are second in the Premier League.