Roberto Firmino has gone "rogue" with his lockdown haircut, but James Milner can be proud of his "absolute worldie", according to Liverpool team-mate Andy Robertson.

Following a two-month hiatus owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool's players returned to their Melwood training base last week to take part in small group sessions.

The look of many of the Reds' players has dramatically altered since they were last in action, with barber shops across the United Kingdom forced to close during the lockdown.

Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker have each embraced a new look, but it is Firmino's longer locks that have taken Robertson most by surprise.

"There are a couple of questionable ones," he told Liverpool's official website. "Alisson's just keeps growing and growing – I don't know what state that is going to be in when we get back playing!

"Bobby's is interesting. Usually he's quite sharp but he's kind of let it go a wee bit rogue. Joe Gomez's is really bushy on top. Lallana just took the hit, didn't he?

"He just shaved it all off, so I think we've gotten used to Adz having no hair now. That's what happens, isn't it? You have to adapt to these situations – and unfortunately sometimes you have to put trust in people who don't have a clue what they're doing!

"That's what we've all done – some of us don't trust their household members [with it] as much as some of us have. But hopefully Bobby can get back to his fresh haircut soon."

Milner is another who has altered him image, but Robertson believes the veteran midfielder – unlike many of his other team-mates – can be pleased with his fresh trim.

"I think Mrs Milner has pulled off an absolute worldie with that one, to be honest," he said.

"I think it took him about five or six weeks to put his trust in her, but I think he should have done it beforehand, to be honest she’s done a good job.

"My missus had a go on mine; I told her not to touch the top, just to do the sides. She did an okay job - it's growing in a bit better, so I think I've gone under the radar a wee bit. I'm quite proud of her for that, to be honest!"

Andy Robertson admits he feared a return to Premier League action might not be possible and he is now determined to end Liverpool's 30-year title wait.

Jurgen Klopp's men opened up a 25-point lead at the top of the table before football was brought to a halt in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Premier League is on course to restart in mid-to-late June after clubs voted on Wednesday for a return to full-contact training.

Liverpool need just two victories from their remaining nine games to win the title and Robertson is delighted a restart is now in sight, albeit with fans not permitted to attend games.

"It's been 30 long years for this club and the fans probably couldn't have imagined we'd have to wait nine weeks when we were so close to going into games where we hopefully could have won to seal the Premier League title," he told Liverpool's official website. 

"But we'll get back to it, we'll get going again, we'll get our rhythm again and hopefully we can win the games we need to win and that's what our aim is now.

"The light at the end of the tunnel was just getting back into training, to be honest. At times, there were some days you didn't think that would have been possible, but now we're back here, we can look forward and look to the next step. 

"Then, like I said, hopefully with the games we've got ahead of us, we can get back to it. Would we like to play in front of 55,000 people at Anfield? Of course we would. 

"Winning games or whatever without the fans won't feel the same, but it's something we know we need to go through and it's something we know that in their houses and stuff they will be supporting us like mad and we'll feel that support.

"Hopefully we can celebrate a title if we get the job done - and there will be time to celebrate it when the time is right.

"But for now we need to keep focused, we know whatever games are coming up and whenever they start, we need to get them won and get that trophy for this club."

Robertson and his Liverpool team-mates returned to their Melwood training base last week for the first time in two months to partake in small group sessions.

And the Scotland international says he is like an excited schoolboy after reuniting with his colleagues, who remained in close contact during lockdown in the United Kingdom.

"We made sure we kept in contact with each other a lot, we made sure we were all in a big WhatsApp group where we could talk things through, and we were all on Zoom calls – I think it was every three days and you could see each other," he said.

"But the first day back at Melwood it was like a kid leaving school for holidays probably, to be honest. I bounced out the front door; it's probably the first time I've smiled at home about football in a while.

"I couldn't wait to get in and I'm sure all the lads were like that. Everyone was talking in their cars in the car park from a distance on the first day. It was just nice to catch up.

"This is the new normal, we need to get used to the protocols we're following but it's something I think we've all got used to quite quickly. 

"Being able to see the lads and being able to be in this training ground again most days, it's a special place and we like being here.

"We went through it all together. From the very start the staff in the WhatsApp group were saying if anyone is struggling with anything, put it in here because if you’re struggling with something, someone else might be struggling with the exact same thing and we can all get to somewhere better."

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was left out of the Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday but will be fit to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, manager Jurgen Klopp said.

The left-back, whose driving forward runs have been a major factor in the Reds' charge towards the domestic league title, was ruled out of the game at Anfield with a minor injury.

Klopp, though, was convinced the Scotland international will be part of his plans for Wednesday's second leg of the European last-16 tie against Atletico, who lead 1-0 from the first match in Spain.

Klopp told BT Sport: "He would have started today but then he felt [something] slightly. But it's all good, it will be fine for Wednesday. But not for today.

"So we didn't want to have him on the bench and see Robbo and think, 'Maybe we can bring you [on]'. It wouldn't make sense today. That's the reason and he will be fine."

The versatile James Milner stepped in at left-back for Robertson against Bournemouth.

Klopp said on Friday that Liverpool will be without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for the Atletico match due to a hip injury.

Andy Robertson felt compelled to apologise after Liverpool saw their unbeaten Premier League season ended in stunning fashion at Watford.

Jurgen Klopp's runaway league leaders were beaten 3-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday by a Watford team who had gone six games without a victory in all competitions.

The result ended Liverpool's hopes of a record 19th consecutive win in England's top flight and ensured they cannot follow Arsenal's 'Invincibles' of 2003-04 by going an entire league season unbeaten.

The Reds managed only one shot on target against the Hornets, who fully deserved three points secured through two goals from Ismaila Sarr and one from Troy Deeney.

Left-back Robertson accepted his side fell too far short of the exceptional standards they have set for most of the past two seasons.

"Watford were at it from the start and we took time to get going," he told Liverpool's website. "We had a couple of good moments but nowhere near enough for this Liverpool team.

"It's a performance that has not been expected for a number of years by the fans and we can only apologise for this performance.

"It's up to us to now bounce back because today wasn't good enough, simple as that. Watford deserved the three points; they were brilliant to a man. And we weren't.

"It's up to us to now show that this defeat hurts and up to us to now go and put a run together that will crown us champions."

Liverpool remain 22 points above second-place Manchester City, having played a game more, and still appear almost certain to end the season as Premier League champions.

"Our message has always been the same: we can't get carried away," said Robertson.

"Of course, fans are going to get carried away and enjoy the moment we're in and that's nice for us because if our fans are enjoying the way we're playing and what we're doing, it means we're doing something right.

"We really need to put in a proper LFC performance and show everyone that this was just a blip, that now we're going to crack on and get to where we want to be. Everyone knows where that is – but it's up to us to now show it."

Andy Robertson warned Liverpool not to take Anfield for granted in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.

Champions League holders Liverpool will go into the return leg against Atletico on March 11 trailing 1-0 on aggregate after their loss at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.

But while the Premier League leaders will be eyeing yet another special European outing at Anfield, Robertson said his team had to make sure they got the job done.

"We can't take that for granted. Anfield's big, Anfield's amazing for us but we can't take it for granted," he told reporters.

"I know the fans won't but the fans can't take it for granted either that it will just be another special Anfield night. We need to try and make it an Anfield night.

"And that's up to the players and it's up to the fans to all come together to try and make it a special night and hopefully we can do it."

Liverpool failed to have a shot on target in Madrid, where they were frustrated by Atletico after Saul Niguez's fourth-minute opener.

Robertson, whose team are 25 points clear atop the Premier League, said Jurgen Klopp's side would need to be at their best in the return leg.

"We are confident that we can win any game so we need to win this game. We know we need to beat them and we need to beat them with a scoreline that suits us," the left-back said.

"We, obviously, can't really concede. We have been in this position before. You know Napoli at home, we had that same situation in the group stages [last season].

"We have had these situations before but if we are not at 100 per cent then we will not win the game. We've got a couple of games before then and then we will be 100 per cent ready for this game."

Virgil van Dijk put Liverpool's 1-0 Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid down to bad luck and warned the Spanish club there is still another 90 minutes of the last-16 tie to play.

Saul Niguez's early strike in Tuesday's Champions League clash gave Atletico a slender lead to take into the return fixture against holders Liverpool at Anfield on March 11.

Saul poked home from close range with four minutes played after a corner fell kindly into his path and Diego Simeone's Atletico kept their advantage intact in Madrid.

Reigning champions Liverpool dominated possession in the Spanish capital but failed to register a single attempt on target, with Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson squandering their best chances.

Despite the defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano, however, defender Van Dijk is remaining upbeat ahead of the second leg in a little over three weeks' time.

"We conceded the goal from the corner, first chance for them, not even a chance. Bit of luck," he told BT Sport.

"The message at half-time was to keep playing. We had the ball most of the game but unfortunately could not create massive opportunities. We still have another 90 minutes to set it right.

"It is the way they play. It is a bit of the Spanish football as well and you have to adapt but we knew it and I feel we handled it pretty well."

Echoing his team-mate's views, full-back Andy Robertson felt the wild celebrations in the stands at full-time were premature given Liverpool's impressive home record.

"We put in a decent performance and we know we can be better. We've got a second leg to put it right," Robertson said.

"They celebrated as if they won the tie after the game. They are coming to Anfield and we know our fans will be there.

"We gave them the best possible start and that get the fans behind them and then they start falling over and getting under the skin a bit."

Liverpool moved 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Roberto Firmino struck a late winner in a 2-1 defeat of Wolves at Molineux.

The Brazil striker's 10th goal of the season in all competitions six minutes from time was enough to seal a 22nd win from 23 league games this season for Jurgen Klopp's runaway leaders.

There was something of a setback for the visitors, though, who lost Sadio Mane to injury in the first half.

Jurgen Klopp's side had gone 725 minutes without conceding a goal in the top flight, stretching back to the 5-2 win over Everton in December, until Raul Jimenez cancelled out Jordan Henderson's opener.

It looked as though Wolves would be heading for what would have been a deserved point until Firmino fired home from inside the box, as Liverpool stretched their unbeaten league run to 40 matches.

Liverpool dominated the voting for UEFA's Champions League Team of the Year 2019, with five Reds players making the final XI alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European title in Madrid in June, with Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi on target in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Virgil van Dijk was named man of the match and he features alongside Anfield defensive colleagues Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, as well as goalkeeper Alisson.

Sadio Mane is the other Liverpool player in the line-up, part of a front four completed by Messi, Ronaldo and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong earned blockbusting moves to Juventus and Barcelona respectively as they helped Ajax to last season's semi-finals and both make the select side, with the latter partnered in central midfield by Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

More than two million votes were cast to select the team via UEFA.com over the course of a six-week period.

An exasperated Jose Mourinho suggested the VAR official must have been "having a tea" after a heavy tackle from Andy Robertson went unpunished in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

After taking a poor touch deep in Spurs territory during the second half, a stretching Robertson appeared to catch Spurs debutant Japhet Tanganga firmly on the shin with his studs.

However, the Liverpool left-back was not even booked for the incident and Mourinho was less than impressed.

After hailing Jurgen Klopp's side, who are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 20th win from 21 games, the Spurs head coach suggested his team had been hard done by, comparing Robertson's challenge to the incident that saw Son Heung-min dismissed against Chelsea following a VAR review.

"They are so, so good and so, so strong in every area," said Mourinho of Liverpool in an interview with Sky Sports. "On top of that, they are lucky.

"Because they were lucky – they could perfectly concede a goal, they could perfectly finish the game with 10 because the VAR at the time they were having a [cup of] tea and they didn't watch Robertson for a red card.

"Compare that with Son [against Chelsea], when Son got a red card."

Mourinho also felt Liverpool were wrongly awarded a throw-in prior to Roberto Firmino scoring the only goal of the game, but he was proud of Tottenham's efforts in the absence of injured talisman Harry Kane, who is set to be out until at least April.

"I think I have only reasons to be sad with the result, but I have only reasons to be happy and proud of what the boys did and tried to do with the situation we had," he added.

"I think we deserved more from this game.

"With the throw-in [before Firmino's goal], that should be a throw-in in our favour, so it's a bit frustrating. I think the refs did a very good job, but unfortunately the assistant on the opposite side of us didn't see that throw-in."

In an interview with the BBC, Mourinho said: "This is football. Sometimes you get more than you deserve, sometimes you get less. I think this was one of the occasions when we got nothing when we deserved so much to get something.

"It was probably the best team in the world in the maximum of its potential against a team in a difficult moment, lots of injuries, important injuries, a difficult season, and I think the boys competed in a fantastic way. We were just unlucky not to score."

Andy Robertson says it would be a "massive" achievement if Liverpool go a full year unbeaten in the Premier League.

If Liverpool avoid defeat at home to Sheffield United on Thursday, it will ensure they have not suffered a top-flight defeat for 12 months.

Their last loss came against Manchester City on January 3, 2019 and, after playing Sheffield United, the Reds' next league game comes against Tottenham on January 11, 2020.

Robertson believes the feat would say more about the character of the Liverpool players than their obvious talents, but he also knows even if they achieve it the focus would soon move to an FA Cup third-round tie against Everton.

"It would say a lot," the defender told Liverpool's official website.

"I think it says more about our mentality than it maybe does about our skill or how good we are, because to be able to do it when on a lot of occasions it's been Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday - we've had a lot of games. 

"And obviously going far in the Champions League last season, we went right to the end, but to still not lose your focus in the Premier League is so important. 

"So that has to be our aim and hopefully we can get the result that we need on January 2 to do that [go a year unbeaten].

"It would be massive for us to go a whole calendar year [unbeaten], but I'd rather a whole season than a whole calendar year because I think that would mean we would be champions. 

"But we'll let other people talk about that and we'll just move on because we've got no time to waste with a massive FA Cup game in the coming days." 

Liverpool are 13 points clear in the Premier League with a game in hand on second-placed Leicester City.

They also won the Champions League and Club World Cup in 2019, but Robertson is hoping the Reds can achieve even more in the next 12 months.

"Of course, there's not much point in us standing still," said the 25-year-old.

"Look, it’s going to be a tough year to top in terms of winning the Champions League and the tally in the Premier League and stuff like that, but that has to be our aim. 

"We're going into 2020 and we've put ourselves in a good position – we're obviously in the last 16 of the Champions League and we're in a good position in the Premier League.

"It's up to us to continue that and to not let 2019 be the only year they talk about with this group of boys. 

"That's our determination and hopefully I'm sitting here this time next year and we'll go 'what a year it's been again' and then we'll move on to 2021. 

"That has to be the aim, that's the determination for all of the boys and now it's up to us to fulfil it."

Andy Robertson insists Liverpool have gained a reputation in Europe that makes them a team to avoid in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Reds remain on course to defend their continental crown after beating Salzburg 2-0 on Tuesday to secure a place in Monday's last-16 draw in Nyon.

Jurgen Klopp's side beat domestic rivals Tottenham 2-0 in last season's final, a year on from losing to Real Madrid in the showpiece fixture.

Having finished top of Group E, Liverpool can face one of Real Madrid, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund or Lyon in the next round.

Robertson believes each of those sides would rather dodge a trip to Anfield as the reigning champions aim to reach the final for a third year running.

"That is the atmosphere we have created in the last two years - a team which has been to the final twice and we are respected in this tournament," Robertson told reporters, quoted by several British newspapers.

"Maybe the first season when we went to the final, I don't think we were really respected until after we went to Porto and washed them away.

"We did not get the respect we deserved. Now, we know we are respected in Europe. No one will want us but everyone who gets into the last 16 will fancy themselves.

"It is the toughest tournament. The teams you come up against are outstanding and will fancy themselves. Everyone is confident. And when you get to the last 16 you get to the nitty-gritty."

Liverpool lead the way in the Premier League and have knocked the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Barcelona out of the Champions League in the past two seasons.

But Robertson, who has featured 24 times in UEFA's flagship competition, concedes Liverpool now have a target on their back as reigning champions.

"Last year and the year before we have been excellent in the knockout stages and we have controlled games, but we know that now we are the champions everyone wants to beat us," he said.

"That is what we have to deal with and hopefully we can deal with it well. But there are about 40 games between now and the last 16 so we will worry about that when the time comes.

"We need to keep proving why people don't want to play against us. We know it will be tough, but we look forward to the challenge as we want to go far in this tournament again and we have made a big step."

Liverpool are "greedy for more" after advancing to the last 16 of the Champions League as Group E winners by beating Salzburg 2-0 on Tuesday, said Andy Robertson.

Two second-half goals in the space of 100 seconds from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah ensured the holders finished ahead of Napoli, who beat Genk 4-0, in their section.

Keita headed home following a brilliant run and cutback from Sadio Mane, while Salah slotted home from an acute angle at the edge of the box after rounding Cican Stankovic.

"Of course, we're greedy for more. We've got people saying we've struggled through and we've got four more points than we did last year," Robertson told BT Sport.

"Top of the group and now we go on to the last 16. We know what we can do there and it's all about us doing it on the big stage and we've proven over the past two years we can do it and we'll hopefully do it again.

"We knew they were trying to make history for their club - they've never been in the last 16. They feel they're a Champions League team and they're very confident in that. It was all about coming here and riding that wave.

"We had the biggest chances in the first 45, so it was up to us to be a bit more clinical. We knew if we kept going that chances would come and, luckily, we put them away, and then the lads defending as a whole team to keep a clean sheet when you need to is so important."

On Salah's goal, he added: "It was probably his toughest chance of the game. Mo had a couple of great chances and they [Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino] put so much pressure on themselves to score goals and stuff.

"It was a ridiculous goal, to be fair. I didn't know how it got in from there - a fantastic finish on his weaker foot."

The opening goal was created and scored by former Salzburg players in Mane and Keita, and the Senegalese forward sympathised with his former club.

"It was a really tough game today, but we expected that. We created many chances in the second half and Naby scored a wonderful goal, so I'm happy for him against his former club. We deserved to win tonight and we are happy," said Mane.

"It's always nice to come back here because it's where it all started for me. I'm really grateful to the club, the fans and the people here. Sorry guys, but it's football, we have to do it and that's it!"

Mohamed Salah is only fit enough to be named as a substitute for Premier League leaders Liverpool's visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Salah has been suffering from an ongoing ankle injury, which he appeared to aggravate in the Reds' 3-1 win over Manchester City before the international break.

That kept him out of the most recent Egypt squad, with Jurgen Klopp choosing to start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in attack alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for the visit to Selhurst Park.

Left-back Andy Robertson has also been suffering from an ankle problem but is fit enough to be named in the starting XI.

Palace, meanwhile, are unchanged from the side that lost 2-0 to Chelsea a fortnight ago.

Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson struck late on as Premier League leaders Liverpool came from behind to claim a stunning 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Jurgen Klopp's side looked set to be heading for just their second top-flight defeat of 2019 at Villa Park, Trezeguet's 21st-minute effort having put the hosts ahead in a clash containing further VAR controversy.

Trezeguet's goal stood following a check for offside, but a review did not overturn the decision to disallow what appeared to be a valid equaliser from Roberto Firmino.

However, Liverpool's second-half dominance eventually finally paid off in a dramatic finish. Robertson headed in from point-blank range before Mane flicked home the winner in the fourth minute of added time, keeping the Reds six points clear of Manchester City at the summit.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is relishing Sunday's battle with Scott McTominay and says his Scotland team-mate has been "excellent" for Manchester United this season.

The international colleagues will come face to face when Liverpool travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League this weekend.

McTominay has started all eight league games of a disappointing campaign for United, who are down in 12th place after winning just two of those matches.

Despite his club's on-pitch struggles, the 22-year-old has been hailed as a shining light by compatriot Robertson.

"He's been excellent all season in a United team that has had its critics. I think he's carried himself very well," Robertson said, quoted in several British newspapers.

"I'll be looking forward to facing him on Sunday. Obviously, I hope to come out on top."

While United have struggled in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first full campaign, bitter rivals Liverpool are flying at the top of the table after making a perfect start.

However, the Reds are winless in their last five away league meetings with United - something Robertson is keen to put right.

"I think what makes the fixture so special is that it's historic," he said. "There have been such great battles down the years.

"And they've always had top teams who have always fought against each other for everything on the pitch.

"It's always like that. And it's genuinely a different atmosphere when you play against them. It's one game that we always look forward to.

"Since I've been a Liverpool player, we've not managed to get a result at Old Trafford. So hopefully that changes on Sunday."

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