Liverpool should hijack Newcastle transfer for Andy Robertson partner who beat Erling Haaland

In many ways Andy Robertson and Erling Haaland are in similar boats. Two of the foremost advocates of their very different craft were neither present in Qatar as Scotland and Norway respectively failed to qualify for the World Cup.

In the various matches between Liverpool and Manchester City, the pair came away with two wins each last season. But it was far more of a campaign to remember for Haaland, who ended it with a treble.

Well, it was almost over. In fact, Haaland had to rush into international duty, where he faced Robertson and Scotland just a week after the Champions League final. Their respective nations are battling to qualify for the next European Championship and this time it was the Liverpool man who prevailed.

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Having beaten Spain away in March following a routine home win against Cyprus, the Scots continued a remarkable 100 per cent record with some late drama in Norway. Haaland had opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but goals in the 87th and 89th minutes ended 2-1.

Unlike in his last Liverpool outing, Robertson was tasked with a very attacking brief, asked to bomb forward from wing-back and cause problems in the final third. Under Jürgen Klopp, he has at times slotted in as a third centre-back to accommodate Trent Alexander-Arnold’s thrust into midfield. But he reminded everyone of his hallmarks here and scored a nine out of 10 The Scotsmanwho sang his praises for ‘doing the work of two players’.

That’s not to say he’s done a bad job as a utility center defender, where he’s also gotten through the work of two players, albeit in a different way. Robertson has probably surprised many with his adaptability to the task, contributing to an 11-game unbeaten run to end Liverpool’s season. But there is a sense that he is being unnecessarily shackled.

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