It’s strange to think that left back was considered a chronic problem for Liverpool up until last season.
Such is the ease in which Andrew Robertson fit into the side that it is as though there was never a problem at all. The Scotsman looked totally at home both going forward and (to the surprise of some) defensively, making a strong case for being considered the best left back in the Premier League.
Certainly, Robertson himself thinks that he can be an integral part of an even stronger side this year.
“Last season, City just blew everyone away really”, the left back admitted to Sky Sports. “The first part of the season was crucial, and they were too far away from us from quite early on really. The gaffer’s identified players who he thinks can come in and make a difference.
“It’s always good to get to know the new guys. There’s a bit of a language barrier with Naby and Fab, but they’ve settled in really well. Shaqiri and Alisson, I’m sure it’ll be the exact same with them. Last season we were doing well with injuries then it all sort of hit us at once. We struggled near the back end of last season with that. This year, we’ve got a stronger squad and the competition is there.
“If there’s competition in training then the training is intense, and then you have the pressure of a weekend that if you don’t put in good performances then your place is maybe up for grabs. Coming back for pre-season, it’s a fresh start for everyone, players and staff. We can use the experience of what we did last season this time around, not just in the Champions League but in the FA Cup and the League Cup, too.
“Hopefully we can use that, hit the ground running and keep the confidence from the back end of last season.”
The side has definitely been strengthened, but perhaps the biggest compliment to be paid to Robertson is that nobody even thought about buying a left back, his position in the side being so secure. We can only hope this year’s crop of new signings manage to make as strong an impression as he did in the team’s attempt to put together a title challenge.