Scotland captain Andy Robertson has set new boundaries for full-backs at Liverpool – and he’s relishing another internal battle this season.
The Reds man notched his first assist of the season as Liverpool beat newly-promoted Leeds United in a 4-3 Anfield thriller on Saturday.
It was a lovely assist too, a great floated ball into the box meeting the head of Virgil Van Dijk. Robertson’s attacking involvement helped Liverpool earn their first three points of the season.
Last season, Scotland’s captain earned 12 Premier League assists, a stunning total. But that was bettered by his opposite Anfield teammate, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who assisted a goal on 13 occasions.
Robertson is keen to just contribute to the team in a positive manner – but he says that competition within the full-back department is something he’s looking forward to.
“It’s a long, long season so we’ll see how it plays out this time!” Robertson said (Liverpool FC). “I had a lot of games to make up last season and I nearly got there. We both do this competition to get the best out of each other.
“These last two seasons we’ve shown that we can take the numbers to a whole new level for full-backs, especially with Trent breaking the record for a full-back that had stood for many years in 2018-19, and then breaking his own record the year after, which was incredible.
“If I’m anywhere close to him this season then I think we’ll have both had a successful season because I can’t see him not assisting with goals and long may that continue. We like to create chances and hopefully that continues this season because us making chances and creating goals is a big part of how we play and we get a lot of joy from it. So long that may continue, but time will tell.”
Steve Clarke’s skipper returns to navy blue duty next month for potentially two huge Scotland matches. He’ll lead Scotland out against Israel in a Euro 2020 play-off semi-final, and if they win that, a final match against Norway or Serbia.