Andy Robertson has been given the backing of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as the Scotland captain’s side go through a tough spell.
The Reds are set to relinquish their Premier League crown after form has plummeted in recent weeks. They have lost six games on the bounce at Anfield for the first time in their history, Liverpool sitting outside a Champions League spot.
Scotland captain Robertson has been one of very few ever-presents in a Liverpool side decimated by injury and fitness problems this season. Klopp sees Robertson as one of the world’s best.
He said: “Andy Robertson has been so consistent for us and is without doubt a leader in our dressing room. The public often sees the ‘fun’ Robbo when he’s doing media appearances or is caught on camera with his teammates. But that persona sometimes hides his other qualities.
“Incredibly brave, incredibly smart and someone who is very serious about his work. You don’t become one of the best players in the world in your position without being the complete package.
“We appreciate him and his contribution like crazy at the moment and I hope he recognises just how important he and his personal qualities have been to this group during a challenging time.”
Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane hasn’t been as kind. Liverpool lost 1-0 to Fulham on Sunday and the Irishman wasn’t happy with the Scotland captain’s defending for the goal which his side conceded.
He explained: “It’s a lovely technique but it’s shocking from Liverpool’s point of view. Set-piece, obviously Robertson has got to do better. Salah – okay, it’s not one of his strengths – outmuscled.
“Salah… not good enough, not strong enough, [not enough] desire but Robertson has got to do better as well. You’ve got to get a better header than that away.”
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