Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he is constantly surprised by how Andy Robertson is “the worst” player in Liverpool training yet “so reliable” in matches.
Midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain claims left-back Robertson struggles in rondos, during which a number of players try to keep hold of possession while being pressed by a smaller group.
While not the flashiest player, Robertson’s consistent performances on the left side of defence have been a vital part of the Reds’ success in recent seasons.
The Scotland captain has made 138 appearances for the club and is renowned for his work rate and creativity, with 32 Liverpool assists to his name.
Nonetheless, Oxlade-Chamberlain insists the rondo is Robertson’s undoing, telling 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?’
“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.”
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Oxlade-Chamberlain and Robertson both moved to Anfield in the summer of 2017 and have helped Liverpool win the Champions League and Premier League.
One star who is a more recent arrival on Merseyside is midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who Oxlade-Chamberlain claims he has idolised for many seasons.
“He has been one of my favourite midfielders for years,” the 27-year-old added. “To see him do what he does daily, he is a top, top player.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Thiago is also continuing his rehabilitation from an injury sustained in the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hopes the Spaniard will be available after the international break, saying “it will not be too long” before he returns to full fitness.
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