Gary Neville praises Liverpool's Andrew Robertson after initial criticism

Assistant Manager Gary Neville looks on during an England training session at St Georges Park on May 30, 2016 in Burton on Trent, England.

Liverpool take on Manchester United in the Premier League this afternoon.

Assistant Manager Gary Neville looks on during an England training session at St Georges Park on May 30, 2016 in Burton on Trent, England.

Pundit Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that he has somewhat changed his mind about Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson after some impressive recent displays.

Liverpool have been in fine form in 2018, as they have dropped just five points in the last eight Premier League games, meaning another top four finish appears to be imminent.

Jurgen Klopp's men may not be able to catch Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, but they will at least be hoping to claim second place this season.

Liverpool's Scottish defender Andrew Robertson (R) vies with Swansea City's English midfielder Nathan Dyer during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and...

Liverpool's next game – a trip to face bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday afternoon – is going to be key to their hopes, as they can leapfrog the Red Devils and move into second spot with a win.

Whilst the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane grab the headlines for Liverpool going forward, it's important to note that the Reds have improved defensively too.

Big-money January signing Virgil van Dijk will attract most of the attention, but Andrew Robertson – an £8million signing from Hull City last summer (The Independent) – has impressed in recent weeks.

The Scot has been superb not only going forward but also defensively, solving what has been a problem position in recent years for Liverpool.

Andrew Robertson of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Liverpool at John Smith's Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Huddersfield, England.

Now, pundit Gary Neville has told Sky Sports (07/03/2018, 11pm), that he didn't think Robertson was good enough earlier in the season, but has now changed his mind on the Liverpool ace, suggesting he has been impressive both going forward and defensively over the last six months.

“We comment a lot on players in this job, and I actually made a – not a derogatory comment about Robertson – but I said I didn't think he was good enough really earlier on in the season, I thought he was more of the same as Moreno; better going forward, not quite good defensively.”

“I have to say that, in the six months – and he's still got a long way to go – he has proven me...not wrong, but I do feel as though I have to correct myself, he has impressed me a lot and has done better than I ever imagined he would, in both sides of the game,” he added.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Manchester, England.

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