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Klopp defends Robertson's Napoli showing as he returns to Twitter with Van Dijk joke

09:28 BST 21/09/2019
Andy Robertson Liverpool 2019
The defender briefly shut down his social media account after the defeat to Napoli - a game in which his manager felt he had a "normal" performance

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has brushed off criticisms of Andy Robertson's display against Napoli, with the left-back having now returned to Twitter after seemingly shutting down his account due to abuse from fans.

The Scotland captain was criticised by some for his performance in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Napoli as he gave away a second-half penalty in the Reds' Champions League group-stage opener.

Robertson was a target for some fans on social media after the game, with the left-back deciding to shut down his Twitter account, reportedly because of the abuse he'd received.

The former Hull City star reactivated his page on Friday, however, returning with a joke post directed towards team-mate Virgil van Dijk.

Robertson has been a superb performer for Liverpool over the last two years and Klopp says that the 25-year-old deserves more credit, dismissing the criticism centred around his display in Naples.

"The criticism has nothing to do with the expectation. It is to do with the world out there. He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted," Klopp told reporters.

"If there is one game less than another, you start asking what has happened to Andy Robertson. Nothing, it's completely normal. The game before, he was maybe the best player on the pitch.

"The [Jose] Callejon situation, we all agree that it was not a penalty. Was it smart from Callejon? Yes, if you want to be smart like this.

"He wanted to get Robertson out of the game with little challenges here and discussions with the referee, and he got a harsh yellow card, but you face very experienced players and they try everything to decrease your quality.

"Nothing else happened. It was a completely normal game from Robbo."

Top of the Premier League by five points, Liverpool make the trip to Chelsea on Sunday looking to improve what has been a poor recent record away to fellow 'big-six' sides.

Liverpool have won just one of their past 12 Premier League trips to 'top-six' teams, a record that surprised Klopp.

"This is not good news obviously, but performance-wise, that's why it's so surprising. It is not an obvious problem," he said.

"We were often close to winning these games. [Over the past three years] it was pretty rare that it was a performance that deserved to lose an away game. So let's just keep going and we will see what happens."