With Alberto Moreno likely to leave Merseyside before the end of the summer transfer window, signing another left-back is imperative.
Robertson is now the favourite to join as competition for current first-choice option James Milner.
But who is the 23-year-old, and is newly relegated Hull’s defensive stalwart worthy of Anfield? We spoke to Tigers supporter Joel Meloir (@joelmeloir), of The Football Hipsters Podcast (@TheFHPodcast), to find out.
How is Robertson as a player? What are his strengths?
Robertson is what you would describe as a modern-day full-back and follows the pattern of a winger converted to the full-back position. He is technically good, quick and positive in attacking plays with good crossing ability.
Over the last 12 months, Robertson has developed into a good full-back and looks to contribute to and start attacks from left-back, something which Hull utilised particularly under Marco Silva.
He does look to overlap and his crossing is a particular strength and did lead to a number of goals for Hull City last season.
He is comfortable in possession and can keep the ball when needed.
And how about any weaknesses to his game?
I think Robertson is still learning the position as he develops and the defensive side is certainly a weakness to his game. I feel he sometimes doesn’t sense danger as well as he should (Harry Kane’s equaliser for England against Scotland was a good example of this recently).
I also feel in one-on-one situations he can be vulnerable if he is left exposed with the support of the left midfielder or left-sided forward.
However, under Silva he did notably improve the defensive side of his game and I would say this could be a sign of hope for Liverpool fans if Jurgen Klopp can knock the rough edges off Robertson’s game.
Sometimes in attacking situations, Robertson can make the wrong decision and his decision-making is something which can be improved upon.
Also, as with many modern-day full-backs, Robertson is not the tallest and in diagonals can sometimes be caught out, particularly if a striker has pulled onto him—this did occur a couple of times last season and led to Hull conceding.
What sort of role has he played at Hull?
During his time at Hull, Robertson has played in two positions: he has played as a left full-back in a traditional 4-4-2 and has also operated as a left wing-back in a 3-5-2.
I personally feel he looks better as a left wing-back as he has a bit more cover from the left-sided centre-half.
Is he ready to make the step up at Liverpool?
I think Liverpool are buying potential and are not buying the finished article by any means.
With some coaching which I’m sure he’ll receive under Klopp, I feel Robertson can develop into a good full-back and at the reported £8 million price, this is a good piece of business for Liverpool.
This is a step up for Robertson and he certainly has the attributes to be a success.
Finally, would he be an upgrade on Alberto Moreno?
In terms of an upgrade on Moreno, I’m really unsure.
As somebody who saw a lot of Moreno at Sevilla, I would say it’s a pretty similar signing, in terms of somebody who is a lot more comfortable with the attacking side of the game, as opposed to the defensive.
I think Robertson is slightly more robust than Moreno and is more eager to do the defensive side of the position—however a lot of the frailties that Moreno has shown, Robertson also has.