Andy Robertson has played the most for Liverpool since the beginning of the 2019/19 season.
That’s according to data relayed by The Athletic today. As per that data, Robertson has featured for 17,213 minutes over the subsequent four seasons. That’s the most by any Liverpool player, but not by much.
Robertson just edged out Mohamed Salah, playing 26 minutes more than the Egyptian forward. Alisson Becker rounded out the top three, having played 64 minutes fewer than Salah. All three Liverpool players racked up over 17,000 minutes over that time.
Adding to the data, The Athletic report that of those minutes for Robertson, around 65 per cent came in the ‘critical zone.’ This put the Scotland captain at much higher risk of injury in the games played.
Relentless football catches up with Robbo
It’s no surprise to see Robertson topping the list here. Prior to last season, the 28-year-old was absolutely run into the ground for Liverpool.
Without a capable back-up to support him, he was asked to go again and again as Liverpool conquered Europe and the Premier League.
Now, with Kostas Tsimikas in reserve, he’s finally getting a bit of time to rest. But the years of relentless football do look to have caught up with Robertson.
Not only is the Scot currently injured, but he’s looked exhausted at times when starting games.
The hope will remain that Robertson can bounce back to his very best in the near future. Over the four years that this data ranges from, he has established himself as one of the top players in his position in world football. As Virgil Van Dijk told Rio Ferdinand earlier this year, he’s been ‘incredible.’
On form, his energy and drive make him a real threat for any team. But as his legs have started to tire, he hasn’t looked the same player at times.
Still only twenty-eight, it might be wise for Jurgen Klopp to give Robertson an extended break this season. Without a World Cup to prepare for, the break this winter might be enough on its own.
The same will also apply to Mohamed Salah. Mo has also showed signs of non-stop football catching up with him over recent months. Above anything this season, having Salah and Robertson get a proper break mid-season may be the most important factor of all for Liverpool.