Signing in the summer from Hull City for a fee of £8 million, you look at it now and think what a bargain Andy Robertson has been for us.

He was on the books at Celtic until he was released at the age of 15, he joined Scottish side Queens Park and forced his way into their first-team before signing for Dundee United in 2013. After having an impressive first season he was named PFA Young Player of the year in Scotland. He also made his international debut for Scotland in March 2014 against Poland.

After impressing at Dundee he signed for Hull City and during his three years at the club he was relegated twice. He continued to perform for Scotland though and scored his first goal against England in a friendly at Celtic Park. He clearly caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp and signed for the Reds in the summer of 2017.

The Scotsman has become a fan favourite and has fully inserted himself in the starting eleven. He made his debut in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace back in August but seemed to fall out of favour with Klopp preferring Alberto Moreno as his first choice left-back. Speaking earlier on in the season Robertson said “At the start of the season I had to be patient, I’m not one of those people who will go in and start telling the manager I should be playing, I just wanted to know what I could improve on to help me get back into the team”. Robertson was able to get back into the starting eleven after Moreno picked up and injury and he has taken the place as his own not allowing Moreno to get back in the team since he has regained full fitness again.

He shone on his Champions League debut in Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Porto and has been putting in dominant displays in the league. He is a rock solid defender who puts in great tackles but he can also get forward and produce great balls into the box for the attackers to latch on to, we saw this at the weekend against West Ham when he set Sadio Mane up for his goal.

Fans love his passion for the game and his desire to win, so when he went on man hunt during Liverpool’s 4-3 win against City the Kop started chanting his name and Robertson couldn’t have been more delighted “It was unbelievable, it gave me goose bumps”.

Former midfielder Gary McAllister has hailed Robertson as a ‘proper player’ and his performances prove it. Playing 18 games for the Reds so far this season he has made 20 interceptions, made 23 tackles with 57% of them being won and 49.4% duels won.

I look forward to seeing him improve further as a player and with him still only being 24- years-old I hope he can cement himself as Liverpool’s long-term left-back.

 

Article by Lauren Black

@LaurenBlack9

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