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Liverpool’s fullback impressed everyone while serving his nation

It goes without saying that Liverpool boasts a strong defense, and arguably their full-back combo has been the most deadly duo in the last decade. Andy Robertson, the left back for Liverpool, had a majestic game last night for Scotland. The Scotts boasts a squad that is, on paper, one of the better teams in Europe. Some pundits had high hopes for them in Euro 2020, even claiming that they might reach the semis. We all know how it went down for the Scotts back then. The quality hasn’t improved a lot since. Last night’s performance against Gibraltar was not on par for Euro 2024. One man stood strong and could be called the key reason for Scotland’s win. Andy Robertson waved Liverpool’s flag high on international duty while wearing his captain’s armband, making the Reds proud. He also received a staggering 4.2 on 5 rating for his performance.

What lies ahead for Andy Robertson at Liverpool?

The former Hull City player recently turned 30. While this is a naive age for a defender, there is, however, a possibility of a decline in pace for the agile player. He is highly reliable and was one of the key man in Klopp’s success during his time at Merseyside. Andy Robertson missed nine games for Liverpool in the 23/24 season due to an injury. Although Joe Gomez filled in during his absence quite efficiently, Robbo still managed to get his name in the starting lineup after his recovery. It is often Trent Alexander Arnold who makes the headlines due to his youth and potential, but Robertson’s performance created a frenzy in the media. Andy Robertson’s loss has been felt whenever he has remained absent from the squad. He is indeed a big match player and has leadership qualities.

Steve Clark knows that Robbo is the backbone of Scotland’s squad. Arne Slot, in his Liverpool arrival, has the blessing of receiving a tailor made world class squad for him. He gets to utilize the best fullbacks in the world. While Trent Alexander-Arnold was impressive for England in a 3-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina with Robertson’s performance against Gibraltar, it is sure these two will be instrumental for their international teams during the Euro 2024.

Verdict from renowned papers:

The Daily Record reported:

“There weren’t too many positives for Steve Clarke to take but the left-hand side would have pleased him. A succession of early chances in the game all came down the left flank where Liverpool star Andy Robertson was a constant threat and when Celtic man James Forrest, returning to the international fold, popped up on that flank they inked up well. Both goals came from down the left.”

While The National said:

“On corner duties and his delivery was more often than not bang on the money. Given the nature of coming up against a team of Gibraltar’s stature, the Liverpool left-back got forward at will, but couldn’t quite notch an assist.”

After such verdicts, it is easy to predict that Andy Robertson will have a long tenure at Liverpool. He won’t be sold anytime soon. Robbo is an important player not only as a fullback or winger but also during set pieces. His corners are crucial and detrimental for the Premier League opponents. It is doubtful how well Scotland will perform at the Euros, but Robertson’s individual performances will remain world-class for sure, as well as being a key motivator for the rest of the squad.

As featured on WalkOn.com

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