A very interesting piece in the Guardian by journalist and Liverpool fan Sachin Nakrani sees three of Jurgen Klopp’s players selected in his Premier League Team of the Year.
Obviously, Nakrani has picked Mo Salah on the right flank, and with 28 goals in 10 assists in 30 games, it’s simply impossible not to pick him.
But he’s also selected Roberto Firmino over Harry Kane and Andrew Robertson at left-back.
Considering Robbo couldn’t even make Liverpool’s bench during the first months of the season, this is some achievement and highlights the Scot’s incredible form.
“Any Liverpool supporter who says they weren’t underwhelmed by the club’s £8m purchase of Robertson from Hull City in July is a liar. Fast forward eight months and most of them are singing his praises as well as his name. Robertson has been a revelation since stepping in for the injured Alberto Moreno in December, catching the eye with his crossing ability as well as with his work rate and defensive skills. The 24-year-old has been one of the bargains of the season and ended Liverpool’s decades-long problems at left-back.”
There cannot be many arguments, really.
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has been good, to be fair, but there’s no way we’d take the Spaniard and give Antonio Conte our 24-year-old if given the opportunity.
Robbo can whip in extremely dangerous crosses, play simple passes infield, tackle, position himself astutely and overlap – he’s everything a team like Liverpool needs from a modern fullback.
And for £8m? Incredible… Remember, Hull paid us a similar amount in 2017 for Kevin Stewart.