Garth Crooks has been left drooling over Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson while picking his Premier League team of the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men finished off the season on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Wolves but it wasn’t enough as they ended the season in second place with a massive 97 points.
In his BBC Sport column, Crooks said: “Full-backs who have the ability to produce wonderful crosses into the opposition’s penalty area and then defend as though their life depends on it are worth their weight in gold.”
“Andrew Robertson has been doing that better than any other full-back in the country this season. He also possesses a terrific change of pace which enables him to recover situations when others are left for dead”.
Robertson has been outstanding at left-back for Liverpool this season, achieving 11 assists in a year where he also became captain of his country, Scotland.
Crooks also took the time to highlight Liverpool’s fantastic defence with Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold all in his team. Alongside them was the Senegalese forward Sadio Mane.
Unsurprisingly, the team was flooded with stars from both Liverpool and Manchester City and there were no places for Alisson and Mohamed Salah.
Garth Crooks was right to praise the impact of not only Robertson but all four of the Liverpool stars. There have been few pundits who have missed out the three key men from the Reds’ defence. All three have been brilliant this term, none better than Van Dijk in the world at his job at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. When you look at the transformation in Robertson’s game since joining from Hull, where he was relegated from the Premier League, it has been an outstanding few years. He highlighted his defensive importance recently in the Champions League victory over Barcelona. If it wasn’t for his key challenges and interceptions at the Camp Nou in the first leg, the Reds would have been left with an even bigger gap to try and overturn. Both him and Alexander Arnold have been superb – their main attribute has been their attacking threat and has led to their side creating so many more chances. Both full backs finished in the top five in terms of assists this season in the Premier League and set up a combined 23 goals for their team mates throughout the campaign.