By Harry Sykes
Tony Cascarino has poured praise on Liverpool’s new defender Andy Robertson and said he could be “one of the bargains of the summer”.
Robertson moved from relegated Hull in the summer for around £8million and he made his first Premier League start against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It wasn’t the most convincing performance by Liverpool, but they claimed all three points and kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
Sadio Mane scored the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute to secure Liverpool’s first win of the season after drawing 3-3 with Watford in their opening game.
Robertson played the full 90 minutes at left back and Cascarino was impressed with what he saw from the 23-year-old.
“Andy Robertson gives Liverpool a new dynamic at left back and could prove to be one of the bargains of the summer,” Cascarino said in his column in the Times on Monday.
“The Scotland international reminds me of Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier – an attacking full back who is one-footed and brilliant at crossing.”
Cascarino compared Robinson to James Milner, who played at left-back for Liverpool last season, and said the new signing is much more attack-minded.
“Last season, James Milner did a great job there but would slow moves down by looking to cut back onto his favoured right foot, whereas Robertson’s first thought is to whip crosses into the box.”
He also said that he looks like a more-rounded player than Alberto Moreno – another choice for Klopp at left-back.
Cascarino thinks that the addition of Robertson and his performance against Crystal Palace could mean the Spaniard leaves the club.
Liverpool’s next game is against Hoffenheim in the second leg of their Champions League play-off.
Liverpool lead 2-1 and will be hoping to progress to the group stage in front of their home fans.