Liverpool have become one of the most feared and consistent sides in world football in recent seasons. You’d think that this level of performance is replicated on the training ground with players putting in impressive effort before games – this may not be the case for everybody. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joked about Andy Robertson in training.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been absent since picking up a knee injury in pre-season training in August.
The England midfielder has had a torrid time with his fitness since joining the Reds.
He was an integral part of the midfield in the 2017/18 season but was ruled out for nearly a year after picking up a knee problem against Roma in the Champions League semi final.
There is currently no time frame attached to his recovery but we’ll be hoping he’s back for the hectic winter period.
Oxlade-Chamberlain on Robertson
Speaking to Sky (quoted by The Express), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joked about Andy Robertson in training.
The Ox revealed how puzzled he is that Robbo can be so poor in training but so good on match day, saying:
“I say to him, everyone, all the time, ‘How can someone that is so bad in a box or a rondo, like the worst I have ever seen, be so good in a match?’
“You watch him in a rondo, and he’s like he has never played football before.
“He gets in a match, and he’s so reliable, it’s a skill.”
What RTK has to say
This is surprising. You’d have thought that, given his industriousness on the pitch, Robbo would be a terrier on the training ground.
Perhaps he is only as energetic as he is on match day because he’s rubbish in training?
Either way, we don’t care how well he’s performing in training as long as he maintains his strong form when it matters.
The Scotsman has been in fine fettle this season, long may it continue.