There were several take-aways from Liverpool’s victory over their bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday, but one of the main ones is that Andy Robertson is the best left-back in the country. Everything good that happened from an attacking standpoint happened through Robertson. He seemed to be absolutely everywhere on the pitch.
It seemed clear that he had added responsibilities on the pitch for this match in order to cover for Nathaniel Clyne, who has only played in one game for the team since coming back from injury, on the other wing. Clyne played a more defensive role while Robertson linked up with the attack, often taking advantage of Manchester United’s hands-off defense to make 25-30 yard runs through the midfield.
I’m no football expert, but if I could see how well Robertson performed, it’s no surprise that current United manager Jose Mourinho saw it too.
“I am still tired just to look at Robertson,” Mourinho said after the game. “He makes I think 100 metre sprints per minute. Absolutely incredible and these are qualities. Robertson, Mané, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keïta, Fabinho, they are physical players. On top of that they are good players technically.”
Robertson, who Mourinho has now praised more than most of his own players, got a chance to respond to it.
“It is just part and parcel of my game, I will keep on going until the end,” he said. “I got a bit of space, particularly second half and the gaffer is always banging on to me and Trent (Alexander-Arnold), more so this season, that we have to be more involved and I just tried to do that.”
Characteristic modesty shown by a player whose stock has shot up astronomically since arriving at Anfield in the summer of 2017. His particular brand of defensive nous and attacking instincts will be extremely important through the festive period.