By Danny Wright
Garth Crooks has hailed the “promising” Andrew Robertson for his role in Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Sadio Mane scored the only goal of the match in the 73rd minute, but it was the performance of summer signing Robertson, 23, who caught the eye of the BBC Sport pundit.
The left-back is the only Liverpool ace to have been named by Crooks in his team of the week for his stunning display against the Eagles, and he has even been compared to Germany legend Manfred Kaltz, who was also known for his attacking capabilities at full-back.
“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,” said Crooks in his weekly team of the week feature on the BBC Sport website.
“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.”
Robertson earned his Liverpool debut in the win against Palace and coincidentally it was also the first time Jurgen Klopp’s side had kept a clean sheet this season.
The Scotland international was arguably Hull’s best player last term despite them suffering relegation from the Premier League and Klopp moved fast to snap him up to sort out the left-back problem that has been plaguing Liverpool for some time now.
James Milner played there most of last season while Alberto Moreno has been constantly criticised for his inability to play in the big occasions.
In other Liverpool news, Everton’s Jordan Pickford has talked about his side’s chances of finishing above the Reds this season.