Jurgen Klopp explains why Andy Robertson deserves new Liverpool FC deal
The Liverpool FC manager opens up about Andy Robertson's contract extension at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp says Andy Robertson has exceeded his expectations at Liverpool FC after the Scottish defender signed a new long-term deal at Anfield on Thursday night.
The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a contract extension to cap an impressive 18 months at Liverpool FC after Robertson moved to the Merseyside outfit from Hull City in an £8m deal in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Robertson was used sparingly by Klopp following his arrival at the 18-time English champions after the Liverpool FC boss opted to give Alberto Moreno a second chance to shine at left-back at the start of the 2017-18 season.
However, the Scotland international seized his chance to impress when Moreno suffered an injury setback in December 2017 and Robertson hasn’t relinquished his spot in Klopp’s team over the past 12 months or so.
Robertson helped Liverpool FC to reach the Champions League final last season before the Reds lost 3-1 to European giants Real Madrid.
The Liverpool FC defender has established himself as one of the Premier League’s leading left-backs – if not the best – in the current campaign.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website about Robertson’s new contract, Klopp opened up about the Scotland captain’s progress at Anfield.
“I think of all the contract renewals I have been involved with, this one was done in almost record time,” Klopp told Liverpool FC’s website. “It’s fair to say Robbo didn’t hesitate for even a second when we spoke about extending his stay at our club for longer.
“I remember when we signed him back in the summer of 2017, I spoke a lot about ‘his story, his journey’ and how much I loved it and thought it pointed to the type of person and player he would be for us. He has exceeded these expectations.
“He might be from Glasgow originally, but everything about him screams Liverpool.
“It has been fantastic to see him grow, develop and improve. It was not the easiest of starts for him maybe, because we are blessed with another fantastic left-back in Alberto Moreno. He had to be patient – he had to be ready when his chance came and his progression since is an example to any player joining us.
“Everyone knows about his personality, on and off the pitch, but maybe we are guilty at times of overlooking his quality. Ask those who play against him – be it matchday or training – and they speak about his technical and tactical qualities, just as much as his character and heart.
“Our supporters have fallen in love with him, he has fallen in love with them – and both he and his amazing young family are very much at home in Liverpool.
“It’s fantastic this will now be their home for even longer.”
Robertson has made four assists in 20 games in the Premier League this season.