Liverpool’ Champions League triumph over Napoli has been lauded throughout the media and rightly so.
Jurgen Klopp’s side made heavy work of their route into the knockout phase of the Champions League, with a shock defeat against Red Star Belgrade leaving them in a precarious situation going into matchday six.
Ultimately Liverpool overcame the challenge which they made for themselves, and their ability to thrive under the pressure of the situation is a testament to how far they have progressed in recent years.
Alisson stole the show with a last-gasp save to deny Arkadiusz Milik a dramatic equaliser. Much has been made of his impact since joining the club, with pundits citing his performances and the glowing form of Virgil Van Dijk as the key reasons for Liverpool’s defensive transformation.
However, amidst the hype, BBC Sport pundit Phil McNulty was eager to pay tribute to another player whose impact has been almost equally as profound as Van Dijk’s, Andrew Robertson.
‘These two (Alisson and Van Dijk), in conjunction with outstanding members of Anfield’s undercard such as left-back Andrew Robertson, have got Liverpool’s fans dreaming again on two fronts.’
To describe Robertson as an undercard may appear like a backhanded compliment, but if anything his undercard status makes the extent of his development in the past twelve months even more commendable.
It’s absolutely no coincidence that Robertson’s introduction to Liverpool’s first-team coincided with a huge overall improvement in the overall solidity of the defensive unit. As soon as Van Dijk arrived the transformation was almost considered complete, and the decision to sign Alisson is now looking like the final piece in the jigsaw.
On the left side of defence Robertson is incredibly disciplined, preventing the opposition from penetrating down the right-wing and wise when picking the right moment to move forward to support the attack.
At £10 million Robertson will always be understated, but the Liverpool fans are thoroughly aware of his exceptional quality and are outspoken admirers of Scotland’s captain.
Not only is Robertson an outstanding member of Anfield’s undercard, he is the outstanding member.
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