Andy Robertson has joked how the fear of not upsetting Roberto Firmino is helping hone the attacking threat of Liverpool’s full-backs.
Robertson claimed his fifth assist of the season when he culminated a blistering counter-attack by crossing for Firmino to finish smartly for the third goal in the Reds’ 7-0 Premier League at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The duo had combined three days earlier with Robertson’s corner headed in by Firmino for a dramatic 90th-minute winner against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
Robertson now has 28 Premier League assists since August 2018, a number surpassed only by the 29 of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne with Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold on 27 having created a goal for Jordan Henderson at Selhurst Park.
And Robertson said: “Look, obviously to get that number is incredible. I try my best in everything I do.
“I try to defend as well as I can but when I get in positions I try to set the forward players up.
“Me and Trent have got the license to go and you try to provide as best as possible, especially when Bobby’s ran 60 yards – you don’t want him shouting at you!
“I could have had another one, Sadio (Mane) could have got another (goal), but I’m happy to contribute and 28 assists I’m obviously delighted with and hopefully there’s many more to come.
“But more importantly, hopefully there’s many more clean sheets.”
Liverpool’s shut-out was only their fourth in 14 Premier League games this season, with the margin of victory – the club’s biggest away from home in top-flight history – bolstering their goal difference.
And Robertson, speaking to liverpoolfc.com, added: “Me, Ali, Trent, Fab, Joel, Hendo, everyone, we’re all buzzing because coming away from home – especially Crystal Palace, a really tough place to come – and getting a clean sheet is great.
“That’s really important but when you score seven goals of course all the frontmen will get the plaudits and rightly so!
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“Like I said, some fantastic goals and probably the best sight of all was to see Ox (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) back on the pitch because he’s been out for the full part of the season and he looked really sharp.”