Tony Cascarino admits it was a easy decision to include Andrew Robertson in his combined XI of Liverpool and Manchester City stars.
The Scottish left-back has been outstanding for the Reds since breaking into the starting lineup shortly before the turn of the year.
His arrival in summer 2017 was followed by a frustrating spell on the sidelines as understudy to a rejuvenated Alberto Moreno.
A long wait for his chance to impress arrived in December when Moreno suffered an ankle injury, paving the way for the former Hull City man to make his mark.
Another top-four finish in the Premier League and a place in the Champions League final later, it now looks impossible to dislodge him from Jurgen Klopp’s starting lineup.
Explaining his combined XI in The Times, Cascarino said: “It was the deal of the decade when Liverpool signed him from Hull City for an initial £8m, and he easily gets into this team.”
“He shows extraordinary energy from start to finish. His crossing is exceptional and his recoveries in defence are brilliant.”
Robertson hasn’t only been instrumental in Liverpool’s defensive improvement, but has surfaced as a valuable attacking outlet on Sadio Mane’s overlap.
The Scotland captain registered five assists in 22 league appearances last season and has already supplied three in nine games across all competitions so far this campaign.
In solving a long-term issue for the club at left-back, he has embodied the aggression and intensity Klopp has strived to impose since his appointment.
A key matchup with former Red Raheem Sterling now awaits in Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.