Andy Robertson has thanked his father for the part he played in his goal for Liverpool against Everton on Sunday.
Robertson was speaking to LFCTV GO after he had set The Reds on their way to a 2-0 win over their city rivals. Asked about his goal, the left-back claimed that his Dad’s advice came to him as he watched the ball come across.
“My dad’s always taught me put it back across the goal where the keepers coming from. I think his words were ringing in my ears when the ball was coming across!” laughed Robertson.
“I knew Jots (Jota) was just going to miss it, it looked like Coleman was going to get caught under it, so I thought “just make contact with it Robbo and just try to put it in the back of the net.” Luckily, it hit the back of the net and it was such an amazing feeling.”
Robertson senior obviously taught his boy well! It would have been difficult for Jordan Pickford to stop anything headed at him from such close-range, but Robbo placed it perfectly and gave the England ‘keeper no chance at all.
Robertson gets the nod
The odds on Robertson opening the scoring for Liverpool would have been very long indeed. His goal at Anfield yesterday doubled his tally for the entire season.
In the build-up to the game, there were some calls for the Scotland captain to be rested for the derby. Liverpool have plenty of big games still to play this season and Robertson will be key to that.
Furthermore, the excellent form of Kostas Tsimikas has meant that Liverpool are well-stocked should Robbo need a rest.
In the end, Jurgen Klopp obviously felt that he needed his number 26’s tenacity out on the field. After a tempestuous first-half in which Robertson was also guilty of winding the Everton players up, it looked like the right decision.
This was confirmed when the Scotsman nodded home Mohamed Salah’s delicate cross to break the deadlock for The Reds.
The best left-back in the world
Robertson is as full-blooded as they come when playing for Liverpool. There may have been surprise at seeing the name on the scoresheet, but there was none more fitting of a derby goal in-front of the Kop.
The 28-year-old has shown time and again that he can rise to the demands of playing high-intensity football two or three times a week. He’ll be needed to go again more often than not as The Reds chase their dreams this season.
Robbo was already looking back to being the best left-back in the league prior to his performance yesterday. He now has 10 assists in the Premier League this season, only teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah have more.
If he can start to add more goals to the mix, there’s no other player on the planet that can come close to matching his output in the position.