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Liverpool  boss Jürgen Klopp has attacking weapon Man City and Arsenal miss with wildcard threat

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Andy Robertson scored a crucial goal for Liverpool against Wolves at the weekend and the Reds benefited from his attacking style.

An unlikely hero emerged for Liverpool on Saturday afternoon as the Reds struggled to win against Wolves. In the 85th minute, Andy Robertson took the ball into the goal from near the center circle and put the ball into the net just seconds later.

The Scotland captain – who also wore the Liverpool armband at Molineux in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold – drove forward in possession before passing to Mohamed Salah on the edge of the box. Robertson continued to run towards goal without the ball and Salah found him behind the Wolves defense with a sharp pass.

The 29-year-old full-back headed past José Sá to give Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead before an own goal later sealed the game as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners. Robertson’s dynamism and willingness to dictate the outcome was crucial as he essentially became the Reds’ secret weapon.

The Scotland international has been questioned over the past five months. In April, Klopp made the bold decision to change his preferred system on Merseyside, ordering his players to adopt a new formation, with Alexander-Arnold on the right as a makeshift midfielder.

The Scouse defender drifts towards the center of the pitch and forms a box shape with his three midfield mates. Left back Robertson must therefore form a box behind him, stepping in to play alongside Van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté. Liverpool have gone 16 games without defeat since adopting the new 3-2-5 look. As seen below, Robertson has been called upon to play as one of Klopp’s deepest players in recent months. Liverpool used a 3-2 formation to build from the back and the typically high-flying Scot was almost tasked with playing within himself, previously known for his attacking intent.

Indeed, along with team-mate Alexander-Arnold and Everton legend Leighton Baines, Robertson is one of only three defenders in Premier League history to record more than 50 assists in the competition. He is talented when pushed forward, but now has to defend more often.

This change in dynamics has led to some supporters demanding additions from the transfer market. Robertson is not a typical wide central defender, unlike those currently represented by Manchester City and Arsenal, and Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta also use a 3-2-5 formation in attack.

At the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City’s version of Robertson is Nathan Aké or Joško Guardiola, and at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal are more likely to use Ben White in the role. All of these players have one thing in common: they are primarily central defenders who can also defend out wide, while Robertson is primarily a full-back who can also defend centrally.

Klopp has been questioned for taking a risk in this regard, but against Wolves at the weekend, Liverpool showed exactly why the Reds boss chose to stay in third place this summer. Robertson was able to act as a tactical ploy for his team and became an extra striker in search of a goal as the final whistle approached. Aké, Guardiol and White will try to achieve the same attacking impact, and Klopp could benefit from additional attacking power compared to Liverpool’s rivals at the top of the Premier League table. Whisper it, but rather than being seen as a defensive risk in the new format, Robertson could establish himself as the Reds’ ace.

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