- Sep 25, 2012
There is no way Klopp guarantees anything to anyone he signs. You earn a place in the side through a combination of working hard in training and playing well on the pitch.Of course he did.
Whether it’s a conversation with Klopp, his agent, or just puzzling it out by himself, he can look at that Liverpool side and see that his competition for a starting place are a veteran midfielder who doesn’t want to play there, and an odd lad in the last year of his contract who the fans don’t like and doesn’t seem to know how to play football. There is no hot academy prospect that he is going to be competing with. Whether he thinks he is getting in straightaway or he’s going to have to bide his time a bit, he can see a route to the first team and the move makes sense.
Any left back we target now is going to see the World’s Best Left Back ahead of them, and unless they have delusional levels of self belief, have completely understandable questions about where they get their game.
I also think you are looking back on Robertson with hindsight too much and not giving a fair reflection on that summer when it came to left backs here.
Milner had just had a very good season at left back setting a Champions League assist record (I think was that year) and the only real issue was he tired out towards the end and performance dropped off due to overplaying.
Moreno had two years left and was looking a lot better than previously, he played as first choice LB first half of the season and it was his best period for us in his time here.
We obviously wanted a left back and a young one too (we had tried and failed to get Chilwell) and as with any player under Klopp there will always be a route to being a starter as it's a meritocracy here. I've no idea if Robertson expected to win a starting role or not but he knew he wasn't going to be handed one.
He was a cheap acquisition from a relegated side (was he even their player of the year?) in much the same kind of deal as Shaqiri (another not expected to be a starter and who hasn't earned a starting role) and largely a player swap with us for Kevin Stewart, another cover player who we were calling time on at that point.
I do agree however that a pure left back isn't going to fancy their chances of much football here if that's their only playing position.
Kind of limits us to 3 option;
1, inexperienced young players wanting to develop under Klopp.
2, older veterans wanting season or two at a top side with trophies.
3, limited journey men content their lot in life is to ride the bench.
None of which would be ideal especially the journey man option. That's why I've been saying my choice and prediction is a player who plays more than one position but is a good, strong option at LB. Like Milner is/has been.
I'm also not as convinced as some that there will definitely be movement on this in this summer as Klopp may give more time to see how Larouci develops and Milner is still there providing what we arguably need anyway. Just even Milner is finally starting to slow down a bit and Milner at LB in 2020 is not as good as Milner at LB in 2017 was.