If you were to ask Liverpool fans to rank their favorite current players, Andy Robertson would likely rank very high on most lists. Sure, he doesn’t score a lot of goals. Sure, he has (often overlooked) weaknesses. But if there’s one thing fans like, it’s an underdog that makes up for a lack of pure talent with drive and determination.
When Robertson made the £8 million move from relegated Hull City, he didn’t turn many heads. In fact, I believe I called him Robinson (do do-do-do do do) for probably a month after he signed. He was considered a “stop gap” back up at leftback by many, but once Robbo got a run in the side, there was no way back for Alberto Moreno.
And at just 24-years-old, the newly minted Scottish captain still has room to improve. Teammate, Dutch captain, and third-choice Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk thinks that Robertson has the tools to become a Liverpool captain.
“If he keeps improving he will [captain Liverpool],” Van Dijk said in an interview with BBC Scotland.
“He’s already a leader. You don’t need an armband to be a leader for this team.
“He’s doing very well, he’s made incredible steps in his career and he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing.”
This is some high praise by a man who many consider a future captain in his own right.
Of course, Robertson faces some stiff competition. Jordan Henderson and James Milner are captain and vice captain, respectively. And the team recently voted Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum numbers 3 and 4.
There are other potential future captains as well. Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, and local lad Trent Alexander-Arnold immediately come to mind as possibilities.
Hopefully Klopp has a difficult choice for years to come over the captaincy. If so, it will mean that there are leaders all over the pitch, each looking to carry the team when needed. Or, alternatively, ready to boot Neymar off the pitch when you’ve really had enough of his shit.