One moment in Liverpool’s thrilling 4-3 Champions League triumph over Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday summed up the player Andy Robertson has become.
Driving forward through the centre of the park, Robertson drilled the ball out to the right flank. Not content to stand and admire his pinpoint pass, the Scotland captain then sped into the penalty area, nipped in front of a Salzburg defender and slotted a perfect finish into the corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross.
Not many left-backs would even think of making a run like this, yet alone produce the quality required when it mattered.
But that’s why Robertson is the finest left-back in world football right now. Forget the FIFA Best XI, the increasingly bizarre Marcelo love-in, no one comes close right now to a former Hull City and Dundee United flyer.
And that includes Ben Chilwell.
Chilwell is one of the Premier League’s finest full-backs these days, England’s first choice on the left and, according to The Sun, he is valued at a staggering £70 million. But Chilwell, for all his barnstorming energy and terrific ball control, still doesn’t posses Robertson’s ability to change a game with one sweep of his brilliant left leg.
Speaking to Sky Sports this week, the Leicester number three admitted that he could have joined Liverpool five years ago, only to turn his nose up at a potential move to Anfield.
"I was 17 at the time. My agent was the one dealing with it all, talking to Liverpool and Leicester about the situation,” he said.
"At the time, I was trying to break into the U21 team at Leicester so I was just focused on getting into that and progressing into the first team here."
With Chilwell ousting Christian Fuchs and establishing himself in the top flight, his decision to stay has certainly been justified even if he has missed out on the chance to work under Jurgen Klopp and fight for the biggest trophies on offer.
Normally, seeing a £70 million footballer slip through the net has fans cursing their luck, wondering what might have been. But it’s a testament to the rapid rise of Robertson that no one at Anfield is pining for Chilwell these days.
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