Ex-striker delivers ‘promising’ verdict on new Liverpool signing

Garth Crooks was impressed with Andy Robertson's Liverpool debut in a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Garth Crooks has hailed Andy Robertson as a “promising” addition to the Liverpool team.

The Reds completed an £8m deal to sign the Scotland international from relegated Hull City earlier in the summer transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp resisted the urge to start Robertson in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Watford in their opening Premier League fixture at Vicarage Road.

The Scottish defender wasn’t named in the Liverpool starting line-up for their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League playoff last week.

However, the Liverpool boss finally opted to give Robertson his Reds debut on Saturday as the Merseyside outfit welcomed Crystal Palace to Anfield.

And Robertson impressed alongside Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan in the Liverpool defence as Klopp’s men secured their first clean sheet of the new season.

Klopp has struggled to find a long-term solution to Liverpool’s problem position since taking over the reins from Brendan Rodgers.

James Milner spent the 2016-17 season playing out of position at left-back following Alberto Moreno’s erratic performances.

However, former Spurs forward Crooks believes Klopp has unearthed a talented defender who can thrive in the Liverpool team.

“Now this lad looks promising. It’s been a long time since Liverpool have had a full-back with a left foot like Andrew Robertson,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“His crosses, against a Crystal Palace side much better organised and purposeful than they were last week against Huddersfield, reminded me of Germany and Hamburg legend Manny Kaltz.

“Although Kaltz was a right-back, his quality of crossing was legendary and Robertson appears to have that ability. The young Scot also looks comfortable on the ball with an eye for goal – a feature clearly demonstrated when he forced Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey to tip the ball over the bar at full stretch.

“The issue is, of course, can the full-back defend? Palace didn’t really test him, but better teams will.”

Liverpool will host Hoffenheim in the return leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday night.

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