Andy Robertson looks back to his best for Liverpool. Two pinpoint deliveries against Crystal Palace on Sunday were finished off first by Virgil Van Dijk and then by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Those goals mean that he now has four assists and in his last five games for The Reds.
It signals a return to the form that we’ve come to expect from Robertson. There’s no doubt that he burned himself out last season.
Kostas comes to life
Kostas Tsimikas was still adjusting to life at Liverpool during 2020/21. A mixture of Covid, injury and disruption in the team meant that he played just seven minutes of Premier League action.
But a pre-season injury to Robertson gave the ‘Greek Scouser’ the chance to finally make his mark.
Make his mark he did.
He was superb in the opening day win at Norwich City. Starting the subsequent game against Burnley, he laid a goal on a plate for Diogo Jota with a delicious whipped cross that Robbo would’ve been proud of.
Tsimikas has gone on to start 12 games for Liverpool this season. His consistently good displays, coupled with a dip in form for Robertson, has led to calls for the Greek to take the left-back spot on a permanent basis.
But Jurgen Klopp is a hugely loyal manager. He recognised that the reasons for the Scotland captains drop-off were largely due to fatigue related issues.
Although he acknowledged Tsimikas’ improvement, the manager has never doubted Robertson for a second.
“I’m really happy about the development of Kostas, really happy, but Robbo is Robbo and is an outstanding player,” he told liverpoolfc.com in November.
It seems that Klopp was completely right. Not only has Robertson returned to creating goals on a regular basis, but the energy and drive in his performances have returned.
There’s no doubt that Tsimikas’ presence has helped get the number 26 back to his best. Throughout his time at Liverpool, Robbo has been an undisputed starter.
With his place somewhat under-threat, the left-back has risen to the challenge. Healthy competition pushes good players on to reach higher levels.
The ability of Tsimikas has also allowed him to occasionally drop out of the team and take a rest.
Robertson’s form can help Liverpool win trophies this season. Even if he doesn’t play another minute of football, Kostas Tsimikas deserves thanks for his role in that.