Signed for £8m in 2017 (BBC), the 25 year-old is a fan favourite that continues to impress under Klopp.
Liverpool had the best defence last season. It wasn’t surprising that the media picked up on it, too, with Van Dijk and Alisson earning several awards for their contribution. However, sometimes I feel we overlook other players and one of those is Andy Robertson.
Robertson is a Liverpool bargain and is worth far more than £8m. Yet, this was what Hull City valued him at in 2017.
Although Robertson was brought in as a back-up for Moreno, Klopp spotted his talent before any of us. Back in 2018, Klopp spoke how the Scotsman was signed because of his offensive skills (This is Anfield). He said “I told [Robertson], ‘you are quick, a good footballer, a good crosser, but you have to work on your defensive skills”. Fast forward two seasons and he is now Klopp’s first choice left-back.
So what changed?
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Robertson has become a valuable player for the way he influences the attacking forwards. In his debut season, he got five assists and scored one goal. This creative momentum continued into the 18/19 Premier League campaign, where Robertson’s impressive form saw him get the second-highest amount of assists for the club (Premier League stats).
This was more than Salah and Mane, and one less than Trent.
Let’s not forget how the growth in his confidence has saw him gain a Champions League title, a UEFA Super Cup as well as the captain’s armband for Scotland’s national team.
For a player to earn the captain’s armband for their national team demonstrates how valuable he is to a squad. Without Klopp’s faith, Robertson may not have become the strong left-back with quality leadership skills. He may not have been a threat on the attack.
But with all the hard work he puts into the game, he deserves what awards come his way.