Liverpool today have completed the signing of Hull City and Scotland’s 23-year-old left back Andrew Robertson in a cut-rate £8M deal rising to £10M with add-ons, a bargain in the current inflated transfer market at a position of need.
The young defender will arrive at the club expecting to compete with James Milner for the starting job, and represents a relatively low-risk approach to strengthening the position that will allow the club to focus the bulk of their funds on other signings.
Meanwhile, reserve midfielder Kevin Stewart heads in the other direction in a £5M deal potentially rising to £8M with add-ons. While not a true player swap, it has the appearance at least of Liverpool having only spent £2-3M on Robertson.
This was possible largely due to the fact that the player only had a year to run on his current contract and was desperate to return to the Premier League after he and his Hull City teammates were relegated at the end of last season.
Though the idea of getting in a relegated left back from a club like Hull City on the cheap may leave some Liverpool fans skeptical, Robertson at least has the tools to develop into a dynamic player on the left flank for his new club.
Even if he doesn’t, with Jürgen Klopp willing to continue with James Milner as his first choice on the left, Robertson represents a low-risk purchase for the club and a bargain at a time when such things are becoming increasingly hard to find.
Robertson will wear the #26 shirt for Liverpool, and a Liverpool lean picture and/or video is imminent.