It wasn’t a trademark performance for Liverpool in their nervy 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday.
However, there were a few players who excelled amid the dirge. Fabinho playing out of position at centre back was excellent, but it was left back Andrew Robertson who stole the show for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The former Hull City man provided more evidence, if any were needed, that he is undoubtedly the finest left back in the Premier League on current form. There really is no argument about it, Robertson’s the best.
You can make a claim for Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso or a fully fit Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City, but the case for either of those men pales in comparison to the mountain of evidence stacked in the Scotland captain’s favour.
The 24-year-old is a consistent presence in the Reds team, which gives him the edge over Mendy, and he’s far more reliable defensively than Alonso. He also offers just as much, if not more, than either man going forward.
His tremendous crossing was on display against the Seagulls on Saturday. He bombed relentlessly down the left hand side of the pitch and should have got an assist in the first half when he whipped a lovely ball into the box which Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino somehow both contrived to miss.
The energy that Robertson brings to his role is what makes him unique amongst his top flight peers. He is absolutely indefatigable and there is no full back in the Premier League – right or left sided – who can match his otherworldly gas tank.
The manner in which he has emphatically solved what had long been a problem position for Liverpool is demonstrative of the top class talent that he undoubtedly possesses.
Going from former incumbent Alberto Moreno to Robertson really is like night and day. The Scot is superior to the Spaniard in every way – and is now without doubt the best left back in the top flight.