Following his summer 2017 switch from Hull City to Liverpool, Andrew Robertson took some time to acclimatise to life at Anfield and integrate himself into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad.
However, in December 2017 he established himself as the Reds’ first choice left-back and has since become a vital part of the first XI and key to the effective implementation of the German coach’s preferred tactical set-up and style of play.
Robertson is a very modern, attacking full-back. The 24-year-old has bags of pace, energy and stamina, which he uses to join in attacks and offer a creative outlet for his team on the flank.
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The 28-cap Scotland international is also a committed defender whose consistency and reliability makes him one of Klopp’s most trusted lieutenants and one of the most important regular members of Liverpool’s starting XI.
Whilst the likes of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk hog the headlines, Robertson’s importance cannot be overstated. The Scot offers Liverpool so much dynamism and tenacity in both attacking and defensive phases of play.
He has been a near ever-present selection for the Reds so far this season. According to WhoScored’s stats, he has made 23 Premier League appearances so far – all of which have been starts. These outings have garnered five assists.
His average of 1.3 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game highlights what he brings to Liverpool’s attack. His defensive record of 2.5 tackles and 1.5 clearances per match is equally impressive.
His exploits may sometimes fly under radar, but his loss to Liverpool would certainly make a massive, unmissable difference.