Andy Robertson arrived at Liverpool expecting to start. At the very least he expected that if he looked good in training and played well when given the chance, the left back job would be his. He’s done the first part, looking good whenever he’s played, but the minutes simply haven’t followed.
That’s almost entirely down to the strong play of Alberto Moreno, who has looked the best part of Liverpool’s sometimes shaky backline—not the highest bar to clear, perhaps, but still unexpected for a player most assumed was on his way out last summer. And for Robertson, now, it’s about biding his time.
“I’ve just got to be patient and hopefully it will turn and I’ll get more game time,” said Robertson while talking to BBC Scotland. “The three games I’ve played I have been really happy with my performances, so I need to be patient and not let my head drop and, if I keep doing that, hopefully it will work out.”
There is some buzz that Robertson will get a chance against Maribor, with the short turnaround to Tuesday’s game and a busy fixture list with five games over the next three weeks meaning Jürgen Klopp could be looking to rotate in a game Liverpool go into favourites to end a disappointing run of results.
If he doesn’t get the start, though, he’ll still get his chances, so for the time being it’s up to Robertson just to stay focused, stay positive, and know that when the chance does come he’ll be able to take it since hhis inability to crack the starting lineup at his new club doesn’t mean he’s played poorly.
“James Milner had played left-back all last season and a lot on the outside probably thought Moreno was finished,” the 23-year-old Scottish international added. “But he has worked really hard in training to get everything right. He has played well since he has been in there.
“It has been frustrating for me because my signing has probably lifted him but I believe that it has given Liverpool two good left-backs.”