As Liverpool, just like so many before them, were defeated by Real Madrid in the Champions League
With Liverpool’s star player Mohamed Salah taken off in the first half as a result of a shoulder injury, fans were looking for other players to step up and not let their performance drop. Liverpool had an enormous task ahead of them, with Real Madrid hunting down their third consecutive Champions League trophy, and their 13th overall.
Real Madrid lined up with an attack consisting of Karim Benzema, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio entering the match later on. The likes of Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez would also attack from full back. Defending against this group of stars was never going to be an easy challenge.
Jurgen Klopp decided to counter the width of Real Madrid with two relatively young full backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19, and Andy Robertson, 24. In what was surely one of the most daunting tasks of their footballing careers, they both stepped up and performed well, with Liverpool fans especially quick to praise Robertson’s performance on Twitter.
Huge credit to Robertson and Trent last night. Two performances of the highest order on the very biggest stage for Liverpool. Remarkable to think one was an £8m transfer from Hull and the other is a 19-year-old local lad.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) May 27, 2018
Robertson is my man of the match he’s a gem. A young lad stepped up to perform his duties in a Champions League final. #YNWA #LFC #StanRed
— イザ The One (@SooZarr) May 26, 2018
Most impressive thing yesterday was how unfazed Robertson and Trent Arnold Alexander were. Our fullback positions are sorted for years. #LFC
— Allwyn D’souza (@ZonalMarker) May 27, 2018
What a challenge Robertson has been total class all night more than belongs at that level
— martin compston (@martin_compston) May 26, 2018
Robertson joined Liverpool last summer from Hull City for a fee of around £8m. After initially struggling to make the match day squad, an injury to Alberto Moreno allowed Robertson the chance to impress, and he has never looked back.
He made 30 appearances this season, completing 90 minutes in almost all of those games. With Robertson and Alexander-Arnold representing the club at full back, Liverpool fans have every reason to be optimistic for the future.