Andy Robertson thanked his Liverpool team-mates for ‘digging him out of a hole’ after his ‘assist at the wrong end’ of the pitch in the side’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal.
The left-back endured a nightmare opening to Monday night’s breathless Premier League clash as his botched clearance looped directly into the path of Alexandre Lacazette, who scuffed the ball past Alisson to break the deadlock at Anfield.
Sadio Mane immediately levelled for the Merseyside giants before Robertson made amends for his earlier mistake, poking home from close range to put the champions in front for the first time in the match.
Summer signing Diogo Jota came off the bench and scored a debut goal to put the game to bed and the result ensured Liverpool’s 100 per cent record in the top flight remained intact.
On his topsy-turvy display in the first half, Robertson told beIN SPORTS: ‘It was a mixed bag, I think that’s fair to say.
‘Usually I’m quite happy walking in at half-time with an assist and a goal but not this time.
‘For their goal, I just thought Virgil [van Dijk] was going to clear it and these things happen unfortunately.
’99 times out of 100 I probably clear it but unfortunately that happens.
‘Fortunately it doesn’t happen too many times and maybe a couple of years ago I would have let that get to my performance and dwelled on it but I think I showed that I moved on from it quite quickly.
‘We were the better team up until that point and we showed great character to get in front so I think we dominated the game and deserved the result but it’s never good to go behind.
‘My fault, I hold my hands up but the reaction was very good from all of us.’
The Scot later told Sky Sports: ‘It was a fantastic counter-pressing game from us. We all reacted when we lost the ball. We put them under pressure and forced them into mistakes. With the ball we showed quality.
‘We can’t have too many complaints, other than my assist at the wrong end. 99 times out of 100 I clear that. The lads dug me out of a hole. A couple of years ago I’d have let that get to my performance.
‘We showed a positive reaction. They’ve got a fast frontline which you need to be wary of. We dealt with them well and caught them offside a few times.
‘We could have had a couple more. We’ll take the 3-1. It’s nice to beat your rivals and make it three wins from three.’
Jurgen Klopp said he ‘loved pretty much every second’ of the encounter and praised his players for their reaction to going behind.
‘It was good. It was a really good game,’ the Liverpool head coach said.
‘I loved pretty much each second. I didn’t like the goal we conceded but the reaction afterwards immediately, I liked a lot.
‘Against a top team in form playing like we did tonight is something, to be honest. It doesn’t help us for Thursday or help us for Sunday, but for tonight it was quite good, I have to say.
‘I really liked it: we were dominant, we played football, we were difficult to defend, the counter-press was top, attitude was great and played some really good stuff.
‘Arsenal had not too many, but some, chances because they have real quality. I think most of the moments they had were offside, so good defending, but Ali made a save anyway. It was all good, a really good performance.’
Asked whether Liverpool had made a ‘statement’ with their performance, Klopp replied: ‘We don’t make statements, to be honest.
‘In a press conference from time to time I have to do it because you ask me questions, but apart from that we just play football and want to win the games.
‘Look, as I said, I liked the game tonight and I said as well that it doesn’t help a lot for Thursday because we have to play again like this, or better, so that’s how a season works.
‘Tonight I am really happy about what we did but now we have three days and then we play again and then we have two days and we play again so that’s quite intense. So it’s about consistency obviously, but when I saw the schedule before the season I thought as well, “Oh, that’s pretty tricky”.
‘They beat us in the Community Shield. Leeds, I said it before the game, is of all the [other] 19 teams, they would not have been in the top 10 what I want to play in the first game. It was difficult but we did it.
‘So we have to improve, we have to become consistent. So far we played quite well but that’s all.’
Arsenal will be out for revenge on Thursday night when they return to Merseyside to face Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.