Robertson insists ‘best sight of all’ at Palace was not seven-goal romp

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2020 11:58 - Jonny Whitfield

Andy Robertson

Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson says that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return from injury was the best moment of his side’s 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.

The Reds clinched their biggest-ever Premier League away win on Saturday courtesy of a collection of clinical finishes.

Roberto Firmino made it three goals in two games with a brace, while Takumi Minamino notched his first top-flight strike.

Elsewhere, Robertson and fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold both recorded assists.

However, speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Scotland captain Robertson hailed Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s return as the best moment of the match. The midfielder earned his first appearance of the season after suffering a knee injury in August.

Asked about the important clean sheet, Robertson also praised his side’s improving injury situation.

“Yeah, the seven goals will obviously be concentrated on but me, Ali [Alisson Becker], Trent, Fab [Fabinho], Joel [Matip], Hendo [Jordan Henderson], 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,” Robertson said.

“That’s really important but when you score seven goals of course all the frontmen will get the plaudits and rightly so!

“Like I said, some fantastic goals and probably the best sight of all was to see Ox back on the pitch because he’s been out for the full part of the season and he looked really sharp.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jurgen Klopp

“So we’ve added an extra body, which is great and we’ve got eight days until the next one so hopefully we might have a couple more back after Christmas.”

Klopp hinted in his pre-match press conference on Friday that Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri could all return to full training next week.

Thiago’s return is much-anticipated; the September signing from Bayern Munich flourished in his first two outings but encountered a knee problem at Everton in October.

Robertson hails Firmino impact

Meanwhile, Robertson also heaped praise on Firmino for his goals.

The Brazilian forward has faced criticism for his lack of strikes in recent months. However, he looks to have rediscovered his finishing touch. Indeed, he started and finished a devastating counter-attack for his first goal.

“He [Firmino] was the one that switched it to me and I just tried to open up my legs,” Robertson said. “And to be fair to Sadio [Mane], he makes an excellent run which takes the centre-back away and I’ve seen Bobby late.

“It was a really good ball and Bobby never lets you down with his first touch, or very rarely, and it was a really composed finish.

“That’s two games on the trot that I’ve assisted him and I’m delighted because I think a lot gets said about Bobby, I think unfairly, so the fact he’s got two in two is amazing and it was a great finish from him.

“Delighted to contribute towards the goals again but like I said, I’m more delighted with the clean sheet today, that’s for sure.”

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