On 21 July 2017, Liverpool signed Hull City defender Andrew Robertson for an initial £8 million after the Tigers were relegated to the Championship.
Unheralded by many in the league, Robertson had quietly become one of the better fullbacks in the division during his final season with Hull. Although the Tigers may have been relegated, Robertson was a constant performer.
During a summer in which Liverpool were heavily linked with moves for Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita, Robertson didn’t grab the headlines.
At just £8 million, it was an incredibly low-priced deal and was praised by plenty of fans at the club.
Scottish Roberto Carlos
— jack (@jackmullen24) July 21, 2017
Signing of the window my prediction
— KOPS (@Rohanempire5) July 21, 2017
WE ARE GONNA WIN THE LEAGUE
— soha (@sirfan93) July 21, 2017
Best Left Back in the Premiership. Masterclass signing by Klopp.
— David Clarke (@david_clarke91) April 15, 2018
Welcome Andy, just do everything Moreno doesn't do and you're already a Kop legend
— Frizzy! (@frizzyfroze) July 21, 2017
— Gregoris Gkousis (@Gregoris96_YNWA) July 21, 2017
Liverpool thought they had finally signed a long-term left-back when they signed Alberto Moreno but after so many mistakes, it was quite clear that Liverpool needed a new defender.
Such had been Moreno’s poor level of play, Jurgen Klopp had resorted to playing James Milner at left-back. The former Man City man actually played well but didn’t possess the attacking play from deep that Klopp loves in his fullbacks.
Robertson started the season as the backup left-back but as soon as Moreno picked up an injury, the former Hull City man was inserted into the side and never looked back. His dynamism from deep was superb and fitted into Klopp’s style of play.
Moreover, as a defender, Robertson was surprisingly solid considering his game is predicated on his ability to attack. The Scotland international played 22 games for Liverpool as the Reds progressed to the Champions League Final.
A year on and Robertson is now one of the best full-backs in the league. Moreover, at just 24, he’s already been handed the captaincy for Scotland and over the next few years, we could be looking at a player that could develop into one of the best defenders in Europe.
Considering how little Liverpool paid for him, it seems the Anfield faithful were absolutely right to be excited by his arrival last year.