Andy Robertson is the gift that just keeps on giving. Even during the most testing of periods, the Liverpool full-back is always at hand to lift everyone’s spirits.
The Scotland captain was up to his usual tricks in an amusing interview with Soccer AM, which continued on the entertaining ‘war of words’ between Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Liverpool duo enjoy deflecting friendly jibes off one another in public interviews.
Robertson and Oxlade-Chamberlain
It began at the back end of last year in November, when Oxlade-Chamberlain said Robertson, who he lauded as the best left-back in the world, was the worst player at rondo he’d ever seen.
Liverpool stars regularly take part in rondo sessions in training, where a number of players pass the ball in a circle while a player in the middle tries to close them down.
It’s safe to say that Oxlade-Chamberlain was left stunned by the stark contrast between Robertson in a game and when the 26-year-old is competing in rondo.
Speaking back in November 2020, he said: “I say to him [Robertson] 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!”
However, Robertson has since had his say on the matter, claiming he recently enjoyed his best ever session in the training drill.
He also made an amusing swipe at Oxlade-Chamberlain – who joined Liverpool from Arsenal for £35 million [BBC] in 2017, jokingly comparing him to Anfield icon and World Cup winner Xabi Alonso.
“Ox has it in for me, to be honest,” Robertson said. “Yesterday was probably my best performance in a rondo I’ve ever done. I walked off thinking I was the main man.
“But, unfortunately, I don’t get that feeling a lot – I usually run about the middle like a headless chicken.
I’m not the best, but he’s [Oxlade-Chamberlain] not exactly Xabi Alonso either.”
What RTK has to say
Well, Robertson may not be the king of rondo, but he certainly he amongst the best in the business in his particular position.
Even amid Liverpool’s worst run in years, Robertson has remained a standout player this season.
The former Hull City defender has clocked up more minutes than any other player this season, after all.
He has started every Premier League game, too, and his statistical output is still rather impressive despite the highly-documented drop-off in performance standards by the media.
In 25 league appearances this term, Robertson has one goal and five assists.