The revival of Alberto Moreno. Anyone who says they saw it coming is lying to you. The player’s Anfield career appeared over, and even those who might have hoped the Spaniard would get another chance to prove he could separate some of the mistakes out from his raw but talented game didn’t especially believe he would.
Yet it appears that he’s done just that. Which is good news—for the club and Moreno both. His career revival does have one victim, though, and that’s new left back signing Andy Robertson, who has looked impressive in limited minutes and while off on international duty but can’t get the regular minutes he was expecting.
“If you’re sitting on the bench or sitting in the stands then you have to believe that you can change things,” noted the club’s unexpected second choice at the position. “If you’re not in the team you’ve got to be thinking, I can perform like that if I’m in that squad. If you don’t think that then what’s the point of being here.
“All the lads here want to play, of course they do, but the gaffer’s got a tough job of just picking 11 players. I don’t want to be here to just play second fiddle or just be happy to be on the bench, that’s never been in my nature and it never will be. It’s a short career as it is, you want to play as much as you can.”
Robertson hasn’t put a foot wrong in three appearances for the club since signing from Hull City over the summer in a £7M deal, and he’s looked especially dangerous whipping in crosses from the left—the best deliverer of the ball from wide areas the squad has in it based on what he’s shown so far this season.
He’s also impressed starting for Scotland on international duty. Now he just needs to keep working, having faith in the idea that if he’s ready, the chance will come. Maybe not against Newcastle on Sunday, but sooner or later it will. It always does in football. It’s just up to Robertson now to stay ready and to take it when it does.
“I’ll be working hard in training and when I do get my chance I need to try and take them in games,” he added. “If I keep doing that then hopefully the manager gives me the nod and maybe gives me more of a starting spot.”