Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has a new role at Anfield.
The 25-year-old Scot appears to have become the team’s enforcer and overall wind-up merchant since the start of the season.
His new role became obvious for all to see during the Reds’ 1-0 win over Flamengo this weekend.
The Brazilian side employed dirty tactics throughout the game including diving and persistent fouls. However, Robertson wasn’t afraid to give a bit back.
Sadio Mane was booked for reacting to a blatant foul from former Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha. In steps Robertson who is seen clearly telling his teammate and the Flamengo player: “I’ll get him back don’t worry”. The pair even continued to exchange barbs after the final whistle had gone. This type of stuff has been typical from the Scot all season, who has emerged as not only a world-class player but a true leader on the pitch.
Not only does he back his teammates up, the Reds wing-back is an absolute nuisance to play against, especially in big games. Earlier in the season, when Liverpool beat Manchester City, Robertson was intent on winding up Kyle Walker. A slight nudge from the Scot sent the England international flying into the advertising boards. It immediately incited a furious reaction from Walker, to which Robertson just smiled and laughed.
More recently he was at it again during the Merseyside derby. An accidental elbow resulted in an angry reaction from Everton midfielder Tom Davies; only for the Scot to simply laugh in his face. It must be infuriating for the opposition. But for Liverpool fans it’s great to see a level of spite added to our game.
Sometimes it’s not enough to just be the better side. Sometimes you have to beat the opposition at their own game, as Liverpool did against Flamengo this weekend.