Andy Robertson proved beyond doubt that he’s at the elite level in Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona.
The full-back put in a fine showing at Camp Nou – something made to look even better by the rest of his team.
Liverpool certainly had high points and were incredibly unlucky not to grab an away goal. In the end, though, few players could walk off the pitch saying they performed.
Robertson could, however. There were times, particularly in the first half, where Sergi Roberto was unable to cope with him. Defensively, too, he was fantastic.
The Scot put in several decisive blocks and last-ditch tackles. One notable highlight being his defense of a three-on-one counter-attack late on.
Despite Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi running at him, Robertson managed the situation perfectly, eventually tackling Suarez to concede a corner.
Liverpool certainly would have lost by a few more goals if not for Robertson.
It’s been a fine season for the 25-year-old – he’s an integral part of the Premier League’s tightest defence, while also sitting fourth in the assist charts. Against Huddersfield, he equalled the Premier League record for assists by a defender in a single season.
To top it off, Robertson was named as the left-back in the PFA Team of the Year last week.
He’s has had an incredible rise for a player signed for only £10m from relegated Hull City in 2017. There were few doubts that Robertson was an elite left-back but his showing against Barcelona proved it.
Here he was, in a Champions League semi-final, away at Camp Nou, up against Lionel Messi – and he looked perfectly up for the task.