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'Turned the game': Garth Crooks hails Andy Robertson for moment vs Villa

Garth Crooks had plenty of praise for Andy Robertson after the Liverpool man’s efforts against Aston Villa. He believes the Scot turned the game.

Liverpool desperately needed a win on Saturday. They were coming off a bitterly disappointing defeat to Real Madrid, of course, and needed to correct their momentum ahead of the second leg at Anfield.

But they also needed to end a horrendous home run. Liverpool hadn’t won in the Premier League at Anfield since before Christmas.

In fact, they hadn’t managed an open-play goal since the start of 2021. It’s been a historically bad run.

And things headed in the wrong direction when Aston Villa took the lead through Ollie Watkins just before half-time. That put Liverpool on the ropes – a position they’ve consistently failed to recover from.

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Fortunately, they found a way and Garth Crooks believes Andy Robertson deserves praise for turning the game against Villa.

“Liverpool have probably suffered more than any other team without their fans, especially at Anfield, but Robertson has made as big a contribution as any member of the team to ease the suffering,” he said as he included Robertson in his Team of the Week.

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“It was his magnificent run that not only provided the assist for Mohamed Salah’s equaliser but turned the game around.”

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Trent Alexander-Arnold understandably took the headlines for the win with his last-gasp goal. Robertson more than played his part, though.

The game was a reminder of just how good Liverpool’s full-backs are – and just how successful the Reds are when the get them in the game.

It’s where the threat really came from, other than Salah.

We imagine Liverpool will try similar in midweek, then, when Real Madrid come to town. Another performance like this from Robertson and Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool might just have a chance.

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