Just like how several footballing stars have potentially missed out on Ballon d’Or awards due to being in the same generation as both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, there is a real argument to be made that perhaps Andy Robertson is slightly less appreciated due to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s presence.
The Liverpool duo have been some of the standout performers for the Reds over these past couple of history-making seasons at Anfield. Last season, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson combined for a whopping 29 assists as the Reds marched to a Champions League title. This campaign has seen the former provide 14 assists, whilst the latter has managed seven as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to get their hands on the Premier League trophy.
And on Monday night, it was Alexander-Arnold who was the man receiving all the plaudits, with the pundits in the Sky Sports studio waxing lyrical about his crossing. Understandably so too, with the England international setting up two of Liverpool’s goals with his pin-point delivery.
But whilst the talk was about the local hero, Robertson was arguably the unsung hero on the night, and is deserving of similar praise. As per Sofascore, he made four tackles, two clearances and one interception, all of which were more than what Alexander-Arnold managed (three, one and zero respectively).
And whilst defensively Robertson showed his prowess, he was just as effective going forward. His total of six key passes were the same as his partner in crime, whilst he also provided three accurate crosses and two long balls. The Scotland international perhaps would have received more credit had his teammates shown a bit more composure and efficiency when it came to his deliveries rather than Alexander-Arnold’s.
On the face of it, it will be the Liverpool full-back who goes home as the talk of the town. But nobody should forget Robertson’s just as important contributions in the Reds’ turnaround on Monday night.