Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Saturday in their first home match of the 2017-18 Premier League season. It had the feeling of a “routine” win, even though Liverpool successfully defending a one-goal lead is anything but routine these days.
The Reds secured the result despite some grumblings ahead of kickoff, as Jürgen Klopp made five changes to the lineup from last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Watford. One of those changes worked out pretty well. Andy Robertson, the Scottish international who moved from Hull City on a £10 million transfer fee, thoroughly impressed in his debut in the left back role in front of the Anfield crowd.
One person who seemed rather pleased with Robertson’s performance: former Liverpool left back John Arne Riise.
Brilliant performance and debut @andrewrobertso5 ⚽️ Keep working hard and you will have a great future Impressive today!— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) August 19, 2017
High praise indeed!
For his part, Robertson seemed flattered by the praise from a Liverpool legend.
thank you— andrew robertson (@andrewrobertso5) August 19, 2017
With Robertson’s strong performance, Klopp may well have a selection crisis on Wednesday for Liverpool’s second leg Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim. Does he restore Alberto Moreno, who was shaky at times during their 2-1 win last week? Or does he give the new kid a shot?