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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has showered praise on left-back Andy Robertson, labelling the Scotsman’s rise from being a Celtic release to a Liverpool star and national team captain as “simply incredible”.
The 24-year-old was signed from Hull City back in 2017 and he recently signed a new five-year deal just 18 months after his arrival, having established himself as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League.
Reflecting on Robertson’s new deal, Dalglish spoke highly of him as a player and hailed his qualities in both halves of the pitch.
“His level of consistency has been reflected in this new deal,” he explained.
“It’s a great endorsement of Andy’s ability and just what everyone at the football club thinks of him, from the coaching staff to players such as Virgil van Dijk, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah.
“I have to admit I’m delighted to see him commit his future to Liverpool. For me, there are few, if any, better than him in his position.
“He has excellent fitness, delivers inviting crosses into the box and gets assists.
“But he can also defend at the other end, as you have to be able to do to be playing in the current Liverpool team.
“Perhaps Andy’s ability, positional sense and tackling prowess are overlooked because of what he brings in the final third.
“But, make no mistake, he is as effective in one half of the pitch as he is in the other.”
“Obviously, he deserves credit for that but it also speaks volumes for the Liverpool dressing room and the culture and environment created by the manager,” he continued.
“In some dressing rooms, some players might have looked at Andy and questioned his credentials to be in their company down to his CV before he got to Anfield.
“But the Liverpool players welcomed him with open arms and helped him settle in very quickly.
“All members of staff would also be doing the same for Andy. They want to see people succeed and thrive.
“Andy was welcomed with open arms and he has been a good addition to the dressing room because he is bubbly and lively. He is a good mixer.”