In the modern era, it’s often the big-money purchases which make the headlines; after all, it’s only natural that a record signing garners more attention and excitement than others.
However, at Liverpool there is one particular acquisition who consistently flies under the radar, partly because of his relatively small transfer fee.
Andy Robertson joined the Reds from relegated Hull City for an initial £8m back in 2017 and has arguably become the club’s greatest value-for-money signing over the last four years.
In 179 appearances for Liverpool, the 27-year-old left-back has bagged five goals and provided an incredible 37 assists for his teammates, playing a pivotal part in the club’s maiden Premier League triumph and sixth European Cup success.
The Scotland international has formed one half of perhaps the most celebrated full-back combination in English football history alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold as the duo continue to defy expectations.
Jurgen Klopp’s system at Anfield relies upon both Robertson and Alexander-Arnold being capable of bombing forward with alarming regularity, providing the width and threat from out wide as his wingers become inside forwards and attack from more central areas.
However, they are also expected to defend, a task Robertson with which is equally as comfortable as getting forward. Last season, he averaged 1.2 tackles and 1.8 clearances per league game, while also only being dribbled past 0.8 times per match.
His value at both ends of the field for Klopp’s charges can’t be underestimated, and it’s no surprise that his market value has skyrocketed to £58.5m during his time on Merseyside.
After putting pen to paper on fresh terms over the summer, extending his current contract until 2026, Liverpool fans can look forward to seeing their first-choice left-back maraud down Anfield’s flanks for many more seasons to come.