While the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk are no doubt the most prominent success stories of Michael Edwards’ time at Liverpool, Andy Robertson may actually be the greatest deal of them all.
Since joining the Reds from Championship side Hull City back in the 2017 summer transfer window for a reported fee of £8m, Robertson has gone on to make 203 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions.
What has been most impressive about him has been his development as one of the world’s leading full-backs, creating a dynamic duo with Trent Alexander-Arnold on the opposite flank.
He has an incredible tally of 47 assists in his time at the club, and the 55-cap Scotland international has emerged into one of the first names on the team-sheet for Liverpool and a reliable performer week in, week out.
Speaking earlier last year, Jurgen Klopp himself said: “Andy Robertson has been so consistent for us and is without doubt a leader in our dressing room. The public often sees the ‘fun’ Robbo when he’s doing media appearances or is caught on camera with his teammates. But that persona sometimes hides his other qualities.
“Incredibly brave, incredibly smart and someone who is very serious about his work. You don’t become one of the best players in the world in your position without being the complete package.”
CIES now value him at a whopping £60m, an increase of 650% on his initial outlay five years ago – a real indication of just how well he has progressed under Klopp at Anfield and the kind of impact he has on the team.
With Edwards stepping down from his role at the end of the season, and Julian Ward replacing him, it really will be an end of an era on the recruitment side of things on Merseyside.
The sporting director has presided over one of the most impressive recruitment strategies this century, buying players at a much lower value and seeing them become world-beaters – of course with the help of Klopp and his coaches.
While Salah and co are the clear headline acts and earn global recognition, Robertson has been the kind of unsung hero that Liverpool fans no doubt love just as much.
His arrival has been a dream deal for the Reds.