Jurgen Klopp jokes Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson’s number of assists should be higher after Reds star breaks Premier League record for a defender

    There’s not enough time in a post-match interview to sum up how good full-back Andy Robertson, according to Jurgen Klopp.

    During Liverpool’s win over Aston Villa, the Scotland international broke the Premier League record for assists by a defender, making it 54 and surpassing Leighton Baines.

    Robertson broke the record in Liverpool’s return to the Premier League against Aston Villa

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    Robertson broke the record in Liverpool’s return to the Premier League against Aston Villa

    The Boxing Day fixture saw left-back Robertson record yet another assist, setting up Mohamed Salah’s opening goal, as Virgil van Dijk and Stefan Bajcetic went on to finish the job in the 3-1 win.

    But Klopp joked he should have more than his 54.

    Under Klopp, Robertson has become one of football’s top left-backs, having been signed from Hull City in 2017.

    “We don’t have that much time [to talk about how good he is], but he is a great guy,” the Liverpool manager explained to reporters after the Villa game.

    “Your colleagues told me now [about his achievement] because I am not so much into stats, but what came first to my mind was the guy we bought from Hull.

    “We knew he was an exceptional talent, but personality [and] character makes you the player you can be. He obviously really had a good basis for that.

    Klopp has joked Robertson should have a much higher tally by now

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    Klopp has joked Robertson should have a much higher tally by now

    “He was a real talent offensively; defensively he was not that good and I remember when he came into my office after half a year because he didn’t play a lot [about] what he has to change.”

    He continued: “I explained to [Robertson] how he has to defend again and I said, ‘I am disappointed I have to tell you again because I told you a couple of times, that is the thing you have to change and everything is fine.’

    “Now he obviously [is] a proper defender and still sets up balls. I have so many balls in my mind where he missed the free player in the middle; imagine he would have been there, more accurate as well, then the number [is] even crazier.

    Klopp is loving seeing his star players smash records

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    Klopp is loving seeing his star players smash records

    “It’s a great number and really special – and the same for Mo, I heard now. It’s crazy. When you are mentioned in the same phrase or same sentence as Sir Kenny Dalglish then you did something right. In this moment especially, it’s a big one as well.”

    Liverpool’s victory takes them up to sixth in the Premier League, one point behind Manchester United, who face Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.

    Goalscorer Salah also achieved a new feat, with his goal at Villa Park taking him joint-seventh with Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish for goals in the Reds’ all-time list on 172 goals.

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