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World-class Andy Robertson is Liverpool’s inexhaustible cult hero

The Scottish left-back has provided 11 assists in all competitions this season

Every good team needs a cult hero.

Virgil van Dijk has been Liverpool’s best player this season while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have scored the goals.

But Andy Robertson’s contribution can not be underestimated, neither can his status as a world-class left-back.

An inexhaustible class act

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An inexhaustible class act

The tireless Scot is crucial to Jurgen Klopp’s approach as his overlaps allow the Reds to get in behind deep defences.

Fans love a player who works hard for the team and Robertson’s stamina and desire to get up and down the left flank have made him a favourite at Anfield.

But he’s so much more than just a good pair of lungs.

The quality of his final ball, be it cutback or cross, is frequently exceptional — as is Trent Alexander-Arnold’s from the opposite wing.

Robertson’s pinpoint cross to find Roberto Firmino for Liverpool’s opener against Spurs was his ninth Premier League assist of the season.

At this stage, he’s level with Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Paul Pogba.

Only Ryan Fraser and Eden Hazard have provided more assists in the top flight this season.

And when you take all competitions into account, Robertson has the same number of assists as Hazard (11).

Only one plays at left-back

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Only one plays at left-back

If the requirement for being world class is that you must be one of the best players in your position globally, then there should be little doubt over the 25-year-old’s status.

Jordi Alba, Marcelo and David Alaba have been heralded as the best left-backs in the world for a number of years but only the Barcelona defender’s numbers rival Robertson’s in an attacking sense this campaign.

The man they call the Spanish Robertson…

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The man they call the Spanish Robertson…

Some wingers have enjoyed success against Robertson (Serge Gnabry caused him problems in Munich) but he’s improved dramatically in the last year.

Van Dijk has turned Liverpool’s defence from a weakness to a strength but Robertson deserves partial credit too, not least for his consistency — another attribute appreciated by those who pay hundreds of pounds for a season ticket.

Deserving of praise

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Deserving of praise

As per Duncan Alexander from OPTA, some Premier League greats fell shy of Robertson’s current tally in their most generous season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Freddie Ljungberg and Marc Overmars all topped out at eight assists while Philippe Coutinho, Xabi Alonso and Paul Scholes provided seven in their best Prem campaigns.

Robertson is both a key member of the best defence in the Premier League and one of Europe’s most prolific assist providers.

He’s a world-class cult hero who may yet contribute to a historic title triumph — and nobody would deserve it more.


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