Jürgen Klopp’s decision to mould James Milner into a left-back for Liverpool this season paid dividends. But Milner has his limitations which were exposed this season as a left-back is a need of the hour for the Reds.
They are currently being linked with a promising full-back who has caught the eye with his consistent performances for a Premier League side. Hull City’s Andrew Robertson is the man in focus for Liverpool currently as his displays at left-back have made him a target for many clubs.
After Hull City’s relegation, a lot of their first team players will leave for greener pastures. Robertson is being valued at £8 million by the Tigers as they must sell the 23-year old in order to raise funds for life in the Championship. Burnley and Sporting Lisbon are also interested in the Scot but the attraction of playing at Anfield might be too good for Hull and Robertson to neglect.
Robertson racked up 44 appearances for club and country this past season and just at the age of 23, he is close to achieving 200 caps for all his teams. In the recently concluded season, Robertson averaged 1.7 interceptions per game and was dribbled past just 0.7 times per 90 minutes in a game.
These stats are bettered only by Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand as statistically, the Scotsman was one of the best in the league. (Stats via Whoscored.com)
What he’ll offer the club?
In his physical attributes, Robertson is similar to Alberto Moreno, if not better, but what separates the two is the Scot’s dependable defensive abilities compared to Moreno’s haphazard attempts at times.
Robertson has had regular playing time under his belt and has proven to be a tough man to beat on one on one situations. He has good work rate and put in a shift week in week out regularly for the Tigers this past season.
He has a peach of a delivery from the wings and can provide real impetus going forward which will be a welcome addition to the squad.
Worth the money?
At below £10 million, Robertson can be a perfect value addition to the squad as Liverpool are already expected to spend big on targets like Naby Keita and Virgil Van Dijk. The Reds have money to spend this season and should keep Robertson as a backup for AS Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy whom they are also considering.