Ex-England star says Liverpool defender was given run around by Bayern man

Date published: Wednesday 20th February 2019 8:42 - Oli Fisher

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Sadio Mane of Liverpool battles with Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Liverpool and FC Bayern Muenchen at Anfield on February 19, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole claims he has never seen anybody get the better of Andrew Robertson like Serge Gnabry did.

Liverpool and Bayern drew a blank in their last-16 first-leg game at Anfield, in a match low on quality and high on errors.

Sadio Mane had the best two chances for the hosts, screwing a shot wide in the first half and then seeing a stooping header tipped away by Manuel Neuer in the final five minutes.

Gnabry’s performance drew praise from plenty as he gave Robertson a difficult night down Liverpool’s left side, and Ashley Cole spoke about his development since leaving the Gunners.

“Considering he couldn’t get a game at Arsenal – they kept saying how talented he was, but couldn’t get a game – he’s gone back to Germany and he’s definitely improved,” Cole told beIN Sports.

“I’ve never seen Robertson get beat like that by anyone, in the Champions League or the Premier League, and today he had a difficult night and he knows he had a difficult night.”

Asked about his battle with Robertson after the game, Gnabry said: “I think it was a good battle – it was fun. Hopefully next time I will go past and score.

“An away goal would have been nice for us but I think we’re happy with our performance. Coming to Anfield is never easy.

“We needed to take the pressure of their front three. We know that they’re a counter-attacking team so for us to move the ball at the back was very important, and also to keep the ball in midfield and not let them break through was important.”

 

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