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Forget Firmino: Liverpool star Robertson was Klopp’s hero against Arsenal

Liverpool heaped the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City last night, with a brilliant 2-0 away win against an in-form Arsenal side, with goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino enough to secure victory and move the Reds within one point of top spot.

However, it was Scottish left-back Andy Robertson who was man-of-the-match, earning a match rating of 8.2 after another typical high-energy, aggressive performance which resulted in him earning an assist.

The former Hull City and Dundee United star completed 78% of his passes as well as having an impressive 105 touches of the ball – more than anyone else on the pitch as Liverpool looked to exploit the left flank as often as possible, with the defender also completing two crosses.

Is Robertson the best left-back in the world?

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Yes, it's a no-brainer!

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No, Cancelo edges him!

On the defensive end, Robertson was solid as usual, making four tackles, four clearances and three interceptions as he pocketed Bukayo Saka all game – with the Reds star not being dribbled past once and winning all five of his ground duels too.

It was another fantastic performance from the best left-back in the world, with the last time he dropped a match rating in the Premier League lower than 7.0 was back in December during Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Newcastle, and his form could prove crucial in the fight for the league title.

“I don’t like games in hand much, I would rather points. I would still rather be in Man City’s position,” Robertson said after the match.

“They are a point ahead. They are a fantastic team, one of the best in the world. Then it’s a sprint to the finish line.

“We’re in the race so we need to focus on what we’re doing. We still have to go to their place.”

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Among full-backs in Europe’s top five leagues and continental competitions, Robertson ranks in the top 5% for carries into the final third per game (2.59), top 2% for touches per 90 (88.93) and top 2% for goal-creating actions per 90 (0.51) over the last year.

His quality and ability will be massive for the team heading towards the business end of the season, as Jurgen Klopp’s men could still secure the elusive quadruple – which would arguably be the greatest achievement by an English team in modern history.

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