In yet another disappointing result for the Reds, left back Andy Robertson was the sole figure to impress as Liverpool were dumped out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Leicester.
The Scotland international finally got his chance after playing second fiddle to the inconsistent Alberto Moreno for the majority of the season since his arrival from Hull, and it was Robertson who shone for the away side despite conceding two goals in a miserable night at the King Power Stadium.
Liverpool dominated the early stages and indeed the entire first half as they were quickest out of the blocks, and the left back impressed with countless dangerous deliveries into the Leicester area, yet forward Dominic Solanke failed to find the back of the net. Robertson’s pace and accuracy was evident in cross after cross, yet it wasn’t Liverpool’s night as somehow they couldn’t find that all-important opening goal.
Robertson was just as important going forward as he was defensively, constantly answering the call when called upon by the opposition winger Mark Albrighton, showing great tenacity and perseverance to win the ball back for his side time after time. With very little to do in the first half at the back, Robertson was solid as Leicester came into the game in the second half, almost keeping out Shinji Okazaki’s opener while having no chance in stopping Islam Slimani’s thunderous long-range effort.
Running tirelessly up and down the left flank for the entirety of the game, the left back certainly put a shift in and in doing so, put many of his team mates to shame in another lacklustre performance from the Reds. Resolute at the back for the majority of the game, and almost unplayable in attack for the entire 90 minutes, Robertson undeniably earned the plaudits from countless fans who recognised just how much of a player he can be in the coming years, in a position that has haunted the team for many years now.
It was the same old story for the Reds, who dominated both shots and possession, yet failed to capitalise on either, and left the King Power Stadium empty handed. Robertson however was the most energetic and creative player on the pitch all evening for Liverpool, creating attack after attack as he found himself in acres of space down the left hand side. Liverpool will need to be much better as they once again travel to Leicester this Saturday evening in the league, but star performer Robertson will more than likely be foolishly left out of the starting 11 as Jurgen Klopp rotates his squad once more in a must-win match for his side.