Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football that Andy Robertson’s form is suffering as a result of extensive game-time in recent seasons.
Robertson, 26, has played 94 per cent of Liverpool’s Premier League matches since the 2018 Champions League final – more than any other player.
And as a result, the Scotland captain’s performance levels have waned considerably in recent weeks.
Robertson was part of a Liverpool back-line that conceded four goals in a crushing defeat to Manchester City on Sunday – the team’s third consecutive Anfield defeat.
And Carragher thinks Robertson, in particular, is really beginning to showcase signs of fatigue amid Liverpool’s recent struggles.
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“Andy Robertson is the highest number [of games played],” Carragher said.
“I felt for him on the fourth goal. When the ball went over his head I was watching it in commentary and I was thinking ‘that’s not Andy Robertson, he’s not got out there quick enough’.
“We are talking about the most aggressive and intense full-back we’ve seen in the last few years but it was almost physical and mental fatigue.”
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In truth, it isn’t exactly surprising that Robertson’s form has dipped in recent weeks. The former Hull City defender has been forced to play ever league match this season, after all.
In fact, Robertson has missed just five minutes of league action all season. He was substituted for the first time in 2020/21 during the defeat to City, with the Scotsman brought off for Kostas Tsimikas after 85 minutes.
Robertson’s creative outlet in front of goal has dried up in recent weeks, too.
Despite being in the top-10 players in the division for assists this season, Robertson has failed to clock up a single goal contribution since the 7-0 pre-Christmas humbling at Selhurst Park.
Before that, he had boasted an impressive tally of one goal and five assists in 14 league appearences.
It’s clear to see that Robertson is suffering from some form of burnout. This is understandable considering he has remained Klopp’s most durable player in recent seasons.
A solution, then, could be for Klopp to entrust more responsibility on the shoulders of summer signing Tsimikas, who joined the club from Olympiacos last summer.
Unfortunately, Liverpool haven’t been able to rely on the Greek international for cover so far this term, with Tsimikas’ first-team prospects blighted by a number of injury setbacks.
He has managed to clock up just five minutes of PL action since his £11.75 million [Sky Sports] move to Anfield.
So, for now, it seems that Liverpool will have to rely on Robertson to remain durable for the time being.
Hopefully, with the addition of two centre-backs in the January window, Liverpool can find a sustainable solution to aid the club’s defensive crisis, as well as, get the best out of Robertson until the end of the season.