Liverpool have shown in the last 18 months that they have become the team to beat in world football. The Reds have conquered all before them, lifting their sixth European cup, the Premier League and the Club World Cup. Despite having the strongest side in the world the club are short of backup options in key areas. Liverpool signing Jamal Lewis would help Andy Robertson hit his best form.
Liverpool signing Jamal Lewis makes plenty of sense, not least because he would arrive for a bargain fee. The Independent has reported the Reds want to pay up to £10m whilst The Telegraph believe he will cost around £20m.
Either way, for a promising young full back he would cost a pittance in comparison to today’s market – Manchester City paid £60m (Telegraph) for Joao Cancelo.
The 22-year-old would come in as deputy to Scotland captain Andy Robertson – a man who has missed just four league games in two seasons.
Competition for Robbo
At the moment there is no cover for Robertson but this also means there is no competition for him either.
Whilst the Scotsman’s form hasn’t left us crying out for someone to challenge him it is always handy to have someone there pushing you along, making you fight for your place.
At 22-years-old we don’t expect Lewis to be immediately staking a claim for Robertson’s position but in the coming years he will be pushing him all the way, keeping his senior on his toes.
Rest for Robbo
When you ask Liverpool fans when they fell in love with Andy Robbo you will hear more than a few people tell you that it was that moment against Manchester City.
It was that moment when he charged from left back all the way to the opposition left back, hounding every City player he could find on his way. It was relentless. This style of play has come to define Andy Robbo.
There is one issue with being a human Duracell bunny, every now and then you do need to recharge. We have sometimes seen the Scotsman unable to get up and down the pitch with enough regularity after playing three games in 10 days, this is understandable – he is only human.
It is all well and good for Virgil van Dijk to play every minute of every game for two seasons running – it is a totally different thing for Robbo when he has to charge up and down the flank dozens of times per game.
Liverpool signing Jamal Lewis would help Robertson hit his best form because we would be able to give the 26-year-old a rest before a big game. Southampton at home on Saturday but Barcelona away on Wednesday? No worries, stick Lewis in for the weekend fixture and watch a fully fit Robbo have the game of his life at the Camp Nou.