Liverpool’s new left-back is still waiting to establish himself in the team, but Andrew Robertson is in the mood to challenge for a spot.
Two appearances in a Red shirt thus far have seen fans get a glimpse of what the former Hull City man can offer, with his low crosses on the run a particular highlight.
Indeed, with a little more of a clinical edge from his team-mates the Scottish full-back could even have a couple of assists to his name by now, but Alberto Moreno has been the go-to man on the left side for Jurgen Klopp for most of the season.
Robertson believes he can contribute though and is working hard to be ready to seize his next opportunity.
“If you’re sitting on the bench or sitting in the stand then you have to believe that you can change things,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.
“Even against Arsenal, I thought they were magnificent, to a man they were different class, but if you’re not in the team you’ve got to be thinking I can perform like that if I’m in that squad.
“If you don’t think that then what’s the point of being here because you’re just happy to sit on the bench or in the stands.
“All the lads here want to play, of course they do, but the gaffer’s got a tough job of just picking 11 players.
“I don’t want to be here to just play second fiddle or just be happy to be on the bench, that’s never been in my nature and it never will be.
“It’s a short career as it is, you want to play as much as you can, I’ll be working hard in training and when I do get my chance I need to try and take them in games.
“If I keep doing that then hopefully the manager gives me the nod and maybe gives me more of a starting spot.”
Liverpool’s defence as a whole has come under fire for allowing easy chances and too many goals, but Robertson—like Klopp, like others—believes it’s down to the team as a whole to improve, not just the back four individuals.
“I do believe as a group we can get better defensively and I can be part of that.
“As a group we have to work together to get better defensively because, if the midfielders can help us and the strikers can help us, then as a team we’ll improve.
“The threat we’ve got going forward, the counter-attacks are frightening at times.
“So, if we can just shore up at the back and not concede silly goals and not switch off then we’ll be a big force.”
Robertson might not be in the team at the moment, but November and December in particular see a heavy fixture list for the Reds and rotation will be required.
So far the evidence is there that he’s ready to put in the required shifts and has the quality to contribute to the team, and consistency in doing so will ensure Klopp has a big decision on his hands over who to keep at left-back as the season goes on.