Andy Robertson, are you kidding me? He plays for Hull City.
He cannot be the answer to Liverpool’s left back problems. Benjamin Mendy is available, what about Kieran Tierney, Luke Shaw, Gael Clichy; surely they all deserve to be in the Liverpool team ahead of a 23 year old Hull City player.
The above are some arguments I have heard from Liverpool fans in relation to the rumour that Jurgen Klopp is looking at signing Robertson to solve Liverpool’s problematic left back problem.
While fans would love to see Monaco’s Mendy come to Anfield, with the wages he is rumoured to be looking for I would rather keep James Milner as Liverpool’s number one left back.
Over the last few years Liverpool has had problems with defenders, no matter where they play. I could name a list of defenders who came to the club and just could not cut it. Some are still at the club and some have left for pastures new.
With all the talk of Liverpool buying midfielders and attackers, the priority for me since Alberto Moreno’s horror show against Sevilla in the 2015/2016 Europa League Cup final has been the left back position.
For the majority of last season, Klopp preferred to play Milner as a makeshift left back. The summer of 2016, left backs from all of Europe’s top leagues were rumoured to be coming to Liverpool but come September first, none arrived. The same happened in the January transfer window. Loads were linked but Klopp decided to stay loyal to Milner.
This summer, though, Klopp seems intent on bringing in a specialised left back. A left back that can both defend and attack. A left back that does not get caught out of position week after week.
As i mentioned above, left backs from not just the Premier League but from leagues all over Europe have been linked with Liverpool. Some getting fans more excited than others.
Tierney and Mendy are the big names but what about Robertson?
Robertson is a player who has plenty of Premier League experience. He has played at the very top with his country with Scotland and a defender who, with the right guidance from Klopp, could turn out to be a modern day Steve Nichol.
Robertson played lower league football in Scotland before Hull snapped him up in 2014. Since then he has played 99 games for Hull scoring 3 goals.
Last season for Hull, Robertson played 33 times for the Tigers; he created 19 chances with 2 assists and 17 key passes. He won on average 46% of his duels, he made on average 5 defensive actions per game with 56.2% of them being clearances, 34.9% of them being interceptions and 8.9% of them being blocked. His average pass success rate was 76% with 58.9% of them been forward passes. He won 36 tackles and made 90 clearances.
Most importantly of all he made ZERO defensive mistakes in the games he played for Hull. That’s ZERO defensive errors against any team in the Premier League.
I still hear the calls, but he plays for Hull City and they’re rubbish. While i will agree somewhat with this, for me they did have one of the best centre backs in the country playing with them in Harry Maguire.
With Robertson still being 23, he has years ahead of him as Liverpool’s first choice left back. As Klopp has already shown, he has the ability to improve players and get them to fulfil their true potential. With Robertson as first choice left back it would mean no more Moreno, which is cruel but, as much as I like the Spaniard he has struggled with the Premier League and he’s only going one place this summer and that’s the exit door.
Robertson is, in my opinion good enough to shift Milner out of defence and leave the vice captain sitting on the Liverpool bench week in, week out. While this does not please fans, it would considerably improve Liverpool’s bench having Milner’s experience on it.
Robertson has already said he is in no hurry to make a decision on his future, but I have a sneaky suspicion that a deal will be done for him before the big deals of Virgil van Dijk and Neby Keita are concluded.
If Robertson does happen, just trust Klopp. He knows what he’s doing.