If there is one player who has personified Liverpool’s relentless mentality throughout the 2020/21 campaign, it would certainly be Andy Robertson.
Liverpool have been indebted to the maintained brilliance of the Scotsman and his ability to remain injury-free – albeit a minor fitness worry concern on international duty.
Not only has Robertson been Liverpool’s best player this season, but he has also been the most durable. The 26-year-old has clocked up 1743 minutes of action already this term – more than any other player.
In the absence of key figures such as Virgil van Dijk, Robertson has taken on greater responsibility in Liverpool’s back-line with his leadership and organisational skills clear for all to see.
Remarkably, he is Jurgen Klopp’s only player this season to have featured in every Premier League and Champions League fixture – even during the dead rubber against FC Midtjylland earlier this month.
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His statistical output has taken a dip as a result of Liverpool’s ongoing injury crisis. Robertson hasn’t been as fruitful in terms of creativity as setbacks have forced Klopp to regularly tinker with the system.
Robertson still has a respectable one goal and five assists in 11 Premier League matches so far, which from a defensive standpoint is still in contention with the best in the league.
He has more PL assists for his club side than the likes of Ben Chilwell (2), Reece James (2), Sergio Regulion (2) as well as teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold (2).
Robertson has still yet to miss a minute of league action this season and has been the standard-bearer for the English champions all season.
His mentality is infectious, and it positively radiates across the entire squad. Robertson drives Liverpool forward and isn’t afraid to call people out if they aren’t upholding the team’s high standards.
Still to this day, Robertson is yet to discover that disappointing feeling of defeat in the league at Liverpool’s fortress home ground. Make that 65 matches and counting.
Special mentions have to go to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Georginio Wijnaldum who have also been brilliant throughout 2020/21.
What sets Robertson apart from the rest has been his ability to stay fit and consistently make himself available.
It’s often forgotten that Liverpool signed Kostas Tsimikas in the summer to ease the workload on the Scotland captian. Robertson has just been too important to even consider taking him out of the team.
He is the only surviving member of Liverpool’s defensive quartet yet to spend a sustained period on the sidelines – and long may that continue.
Liverpool’s success has been built on their ability to succeed in the face of adversity. With Klopp and his team top of the Premier League tree and among the last-16 in Europe, no-one has epitomised such a trait this season better than Robertson.