It’s up for debate, but I’ve argued on this esteemed site that Andy Robertson is FSG’s best ever transfer success, in terms of his fee and his output. He seems to have solved the puzzling left-back problem that Liverpool spent years trying to unravel with various options.
Now the Scotland international makes up part of the best defense in world football, and he, along with his teammates, is a Champion of Europe.
But like any world class-calibre athlete, Robertson doesn’t want to rest on his laurels.
“I think I’ve been good but I can always be better,” he said. “That’s the way I’ve always worked.
”I’ll never praise myself because I think there’s always improvement to be made.
”Even when I have a good game, you can still do things better. I’ve had a good season but I still have a lot of improvement to make and hopefully I can show that in the following seasons.”
If Robertson wants to try and best his 13 assists from last season, it’s doubtful that Klopp will argue with that. The incredible synergy he’s cultivated with his fellow defenders has made the Liverpool goal nearly impenetrable.
The Scot praised the work of his centre-backs this season as well, particularly PFA Player of the Year, Virgil van Dijk.
“He brings everything, in my opinion,” Robertson said of van Dijk. “He is one of the leaders in the changing room now, he is vocal. He is a lovely person off the pitch. He has been so crucial to what we do.
”The players around him have helped; Joel [Matip] has been magnificent when he has been called upon this season, Joe Gomez was different class at the start of the season, and Dejan [Lovren] has obviously played games and stepped up where he has been great.
”The central partnerships have been really good this season. Virgil takes all the plaudits but rightly so – he has been on a different level to anyone this season. What he brings on and off the pitch is special.”
While van Dijk is a treasure, it feels good to know that Liverpool’s whole defense doesn’t hinge on one player. There’s incredible talent in that back line, and Robertson himself is very much a part of that.