Andrew Robertson accepts his current position at Liverpool, but admits to being frustrated that his arrival has caused big improvements in Alberto Moreno’s game.
The Scot arrived in the summer for £10m from relegated Hull, but has only been given three starts since the transfer, with his Spanish counterpart very much Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice.
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In fairness, Moreno has had a good season and any criticism from supporters is predominantly based on his past and not 2017/18.
Robertson has been brutally honest when asked about the situation, admitting that the squad was very aware of the general Moreno opinion going into the campaign
“I’ve just got to be patient and hopefully it will turn and I’ll get more game time at Liverpool,” Robertson told BBC Scotland.
“I am realistic, I know how much quality is in the Liverpool squad. The three games I’ve played I have been really happy with my performances.
“I need to be patient and not let my head drop and, if I keep doing that, hopefully it will work out for me, which I am confident it will.
“For me and Moreno, if we start, great; if we don’t, realistically we will be in the stand or not travelling,” he said.
“We have attacking people on the bench who can come on and change the game, which we usually need.
“James Milner had played left-back all last season and a lot people on the outside probably thought Moreno was finished at Liverpool, but he has worked really hard in training to get everything right. He has played well since he has been in there.
“It has been frustrating for me because my signing has probably lifted him but I believe that it has given Liverpool two good left-backs.”
Robertson’s best attribute is his wicked left-foot cross, but Liverpool rarely score goals in such a conventional manner and don’t have typical no.9s waiting in the box to get on the end of them.
Moreno is a better dribbler, but we’d be just as happy for the new signing to be given a run – at least in rotation.
We have a Champions League game with Maribor tomorrow, and although Moreno is likely to continue, would prefer Robertson to be given a runout.