John Arne Riise is definitely getting his money’s worth with his publicist. Another day, another interview in ESPN to promote his book Running Man. The subject today? Everyone’s (margin of error: plus or minus one Mourinho) new favorite Liverpool left back, Scottish captain Andy Robertson.
Riise was quick to point out Robertson’s trademarked aggression in both defense and attack, but would also like to see more offensive output from the player. Of course, the defender who was never shy about taking on a shot wants Robbo to attempt more shots.
“I want him to be more of a goalscoring threat as well,” Riise explained, “I watched a few games where he’s inside the 18-yard box and he’s crossing and always crossing. At the end, the opposition will know he’s going to cross it.
“If he starts shooting sometimes then it’s harder for the opposition to know what he’s doing. I want him to start shooting and take more risks when he goes forward.”
While Robertson doesn’t have any goals so far this season, he has 5 assists in all competitions, equalling his total from last year. Clearly he’s doing something right with his crossing. And when he has attempted shots, he’s not necessarily covered himself in glory, contributing only one goal last year, and none this campaign. Sure, there’s something to be said about keeping defenders on their toes, but with as much firepower as we have on the team, there’s often a better pass to be played.
“I didn’t know he was that good,” Riise continued. “He’s not that big, he’s quite small and [quite] skinny. But he’s tough, challenging.
“I think he’s a manager’s dream because you know what you get from him. I’m surprised, but very excited for him.”
Indeed, Robertson has been a pleasant surprise for most Liverpool supporters, especially for the cut-rate deal of £8 million. And he has only continued to improve under Klopp. Perhaps he’ll even start adding a goal or three in due time.