By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
News broke Thursday afternoon that Andy Robertson signed a new five year deal with the Reds – all but confirming that Liverpool’s long awaited search for a left full-back was finally over for the foreseeable future.
Remember how long Liverpool fans cried out for left back window after window? For as long as I can remember – especially on social media – the left back position was always top of the wish list when it came to incomings.
Every LFC tweet in the summer and winter transfer windows were promptly accompanied with “Have we signed a left back yet?” or “Can so-and-so play left back?” Remember those days?
Andrew Robertson came in as a largely underwhelming signing in the same summer Liverpool bought arguably their best player in Mo Salah. Robertson, however, has become just as valuable to this Liverpool side as Mo Salah and the rest of the front three in his short time with the Reds.
Tasked with the role of sitting back and learning Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy for the first few months of his Anfield career, several considered writing the Scotsman off as a flop – Robbo was having none of that.
Alberto Moreno, who quietly found himself in some nice form for the Reds, fell victim to an injury that forced Klopp’s hand at the back. In steps Andy Robertson from relegated Hull.
After starting just two Premier League matches throughout the whole campaign up until December, Robertson finally was presented with an opportunity to impress. A 5-1 victory over Brighton cemented Robbo’s place as the first choice left back.
Frustrated by his lack of appearances up until that moment, Robertson did just what we’ve come to love most about him – kept his head down and gave everything he had to seize his big break when it came.
Us Liverpool fans now get to watch the best left back in the Premier League bomb down the left flank for many more years to come in a Red shirt. And truth be told, no man is more deserving at the moment.
Management at Liverpool are proving that hard work will be rewarded – Jurgen Klopp put it perfectly: “He might be from Glasgow originally, but everything about him screams Liverpool.”