James Milner admits Andrew Robertson has emerged as a key player for Liverpool amid his stunning period of form.
The Scotland international flaunts a growing reputation as a Kop favourite on Merseyside courtesy of the work ethic and aggression he has installed at left-back.
His influence has been glossed by the added surprise among fans after his widely-disputed arrival and subsequent difficult spell on the sidelines as Alberto Moreno’s understudy during the first half of the season.
Since taking over the Spaniard’s starting spot in December, Robertson has been formidable in serving as another tone-setter within Jurgen Klopp’s physically-demanding setup.
Discussing his teammate, Milner told Liverpoolfc.com: “Robbo has been brilliant. I’ll help where I can but he’s a good player – he has shown that going forward and defensively as well. Sometimes you just see him going forward but he does some great work defensively as well.”
“He is a great lad to have around the dressing room. He is similar to how he plays on the pitch, a bubbly character. We love that as a group, it’s fantastic.”
“With the quality he has going forward – the runs he makes and his quality into the box as well – he is a big player for us. The way we play, full-back is an important position.”
Despite Moreno’s return to fitness, Robertson has proven impossible to dislodge from the starting lineup having flourished on both the domestic and European platform.
A blend of old-fashioned vigour and heart has been complimented by a bonus attacking ambition, topped by an exquisite delivery that has handed Liverpool a new resource in the final-third.
He continues to tease signs of being the accomplished left-back the Reds have been lacking for so many years – all for the bargain price of £8million.