8 reasons why Andy Robertson deserves a new deal with end of season contract talks planned Opinion

8 reasons why Andy Robertson deserves a new deal with end of season contract talks planned

8 reasons why Andy Robertson deserves a new deal with end of season contract talks planned

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has been linked with a move away from Anfield after links to Bayern Munich but now seems set for contract renewal talks at the end of the season.

He will join Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk in discussing their long-terms futures with Fenway Sports Group (FSG).

According to Football Insider, Liverpool will offer Robertson a new long-term deal which will put an end to interest from Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga club learned of Alphonso Davies' agreement to join Real Madrid in 2024 or 2025.

The decision to extend Andy Robertson's contract is an excellent one for a number of reasons.

I have eight so far.

Eight reasons why Andy Robertson is fully deserving of a long-term contract extension

8 reasons why Andy Robertson deserves a new deal with end of season contract talks planned

The reason we're doing eight reasons is not arbitrary, It's a tribute to the lowly £8 million Liverpool paid to sign him from Hull City in 2017.

Since then, he has become of the best left-backs in Premier League history and is still helping the Reds win silverware seven years later.

Hopefully he signs a contract long enough that he can make it a decade at Anfield and earn a testimonial match.

Let's jump right in!

1. Robertson is still only 29 - plenty to offer still

In the modern age where clubs manage the stress load on their players' bodies, Robertson should be able to keep going at the top level for several more years.

How long he will be able to play at the frenetic pace he does is another matter but he certainly has more than enough left in the tank to keep doing the business for Liverpool.

Below is a table that shows the minutes he has played per season, underlining his ability to play as many games as needed even in a tactical system as demanding as Jurgen Klopp's.

Season Games Minutes played
2017/18 30 2,663
2018/19 48 4,228
2019/20 49 4,272
2020/21 50 4,319
2021/22 47 4,003
2022/23 43 3,328
2023/24* 16 1,157

Data from Transfermarkt.

*2023/24 season is ongoing

2. Finding elite left-backs is very, very difficult and Robertson is one

There aren't very many top fullbacks in the world but there are even fewer elite left-backs and so for Liverpool, on that basis alone, selling Andy Robertson would be most unwise.

At 29, Robbo is good value for the next few years at least and that gives Liverpool time to unearth an exciting and potentially world class successor.

As has been proven with Conor Bradley's emergence, it is possible for the Reds to even produce Robertson's heir from the club's incredible Academy.

conor bradley liverpool premier league

Recently, Alex Inglethorpe, the club's Academy director, said Liverpool have around £300 million worth of talent in the youth ranks.

By keeping Robertson, however, Liverpool ensure they aren't gambling the balance of the team on finding someone better to replace him at a time when there is already a lot of uncertainty ahead of Jurgen Klopp's impending departure.

Whoever succeeds the German will want as much stability as possible and a player as reliable as Robertson will make the transition to life at Anfield much simpler.

3. Leaders are worth their weight in gold and Robbo is loved by the Liverpool squad

andy robertson axa training centre liverpool fc

As part of Liverpool's core leadership group, Robertson is a vital member of the squad.

Jordan Henderson and James Milner left the club before the start of the 2023/24 season and they took with them crucial leadership skills even if they no longer matched the quality needed to play for Liverpool.

In their absence, FSG cannot afford to allow any more on-field leaders to leave.

That's why it's a relief to hear that Robertson will be offered a new deal.

4. Robertson would be a match made in heaven for Xabi Alonso

With Xabi Alonso seemingly the favourite to become the new Liverpool manager in the summer, there's no doubt the current Bayer Leverkusen coach would be grateful to have Robertson at his disposal.

His leadership, boundless energy and experience at left-back are worth a pretty penny in today's market and being able to walk into a squad with a player like Robbo at left-back is a blessing.

Of course, Alonso would have no shortage of talent available to him if he took over as the next coach of the Liverpool squad.

5. It would be more expensive to replace what he offers

8 reasons why Andy Robertson deserves a new deal with end of season contract talks planned

As just mentioned, Robertson would be worth a lot in the summer if Liverpool did sell him.

His contract may be set to expire in June 2026 but there aren't many players in the world that are able to offer what Robertson does at left-back.

Selling Robertson would create more problems than it would solve and for the time being, investing at left-back isn't the biggest priority for FSG right now.

Until the new manager highlights it as an issue, they will prefer to stick with Robertson and deal with it later.

6. In the post-Klopp era, Liverpool are going to need strong foundations

Heading into an unexpected new era without Klopp, Liverpool and FSG need as much solid ground on which to navigate their way forwards and upwards.

It's going to be immensely difficult for the Merseyside club to maintain the level of success that Klopp has ensured we became accustomed to.

But if the Reds' next manager is able to accomplish that, they will be the next great coach.

If that's to be possible at all, Robertson is needed to give Alonso, or whoever replaces Klopp, the strong foundations required to ensure Liverpool FC keeps winning.

7. Allows Liverpool to save funds to allocate on priority signings

With left-back no longer a priority for the club (until further notice), another excellent reason to extend Robertson's terms is it saves funds that can be allocated on more important summer signings.

Even if Robertson is given an increase which is not unlikely, it will be cheaper than signing a replacement and also ensures the club's recruitment team can maintain their focus on finding the perfect targets to deal with more pressing gaps in the squad.

8. The sentimental factor - he deserves to spend more time at Anfield

8 reasons why Andy Robertson deserves a new deal with end of season contract talks planned

Simply put, Andrew Robertson has been an excellent servant at Liverpool and deserves more time to make memories and win silverware.

Given the level of talent in this current squad, there's no reason to imagine they will suddenly stop competing for silverware.

And the Scotland national team captain is more than capable of contributing.

Hopefully Liverpool and Robertson can come to an agreement on at least a two-year extension to his current terms which would keep him at Anfield until June 2028.

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