Liverpool defender Andy Robertson looks ‘like he has never played football before’ in training, according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England star took a cheeky dig at his team-mate over just how bad he is in some of the drills at Melwood.
Robertson is a key player for Jurgen Klopp and along with Trent Alexander-Arnold has revolutionised the way full-backs are looked at in the modern game.
The Scotland international will be expected to start later on today against Manchester City in the Premier League (4.30pm).
But Oxlade-Chamberlain has opened up on what it is like to play with Robertson in training.
He told Sky Sports: “I say to him, everyone, all the time, ‘How can someone that is so bad in a box or a rondo, like the worst I have ever seen, be so good in a match?’
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“You watch him in a rondo, and he’s like he has never played football before.
“He gets in a match, and he’s so reliable, it’s a skill.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain also revealed he has been very impressed with new recruit Thiago Alcantara who joined from Bayern Munich in the summer.
“He has been one of my favourite midfielders for years,” the 27-year-old added.
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“To see him do what he does daily, he is a top, top player.”
Klopp gave an update on Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas ahead of the match with City.
“They are all in training, so that’s really good,” he told the club’s website.
“Nobody mentioned Diogo to me. Yesterday [Thursday] was second-day recovery, he was involved. So that looked fine.
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“With Thiago, that’s how it is. It’s an injury but doesn’t need a surgery, all these kind of things, but still takes time.
“The challenge that day was a harsh one and directly against the leg, so still adapting but improving. It will not be too long anymore but for this game I don’t think he will be in.”
Liverpool will go back to the top of the league if they manage to beat Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad.
After that the Reds will have a much-needed rest unless they are on international duty for the next two weeks.
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