Andy Robertson says Liverpool must put Real Madrid stars Toni Kroos and Luka Modric under pressure in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night.
The La Liga giants won the first leg 3-1, Kroos controlling the game and setting up two of his side’s goals while Modric assisted him in the engine room.
The Reds lacked intensity during that match and Robertson believes it is something his teammates must address if they are to overturn the deficit at Anfield.
“Real Madrid are one of the best at controlling games. When they’re in winning positions, they’ve got the likes of Modric and Kroos that can just stand on the ball for what feels like 10 minutes and you can’t get it off them,” Robertson told the club’s official website.
“But we need to put these players under pressure, we need to put them all under pressure, we need to make their life a bit more uncomfortable than we did last week. It felt as if we gave all of them too much time on the ball, really, so we need to make it uncomfortable for them.
“If we lose the ball we need to get it back quickly and our pressing game needs to be top level, and that’s the basis for all our good games. When you look at all the big games we’ve played and all the good games we’ve played, it’s been down to the pressing being so good. So, we need to try to create that
“It doesn’t just happen, we need to make it happen. We need the hard work and we need everyone willing to do it. The lads are always willing to do it so I’ve got no doubt about that, but it’s just about us trying to get close to the ball.
“We know that when we’ve got it we can hurt teams, but when we don’t have it we need to get it back quickly and we need to close the spaces, which we probably weren’t good enough at last week. We can learn our lesson from that and hopefully we can put in a better performance.”