John Arne Riise wishes Andrew Robertson would work on changing a habit he's noticed

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Liverpool fans have every reason to believe this could finally be their year.

In the eyes of many, the Reds are still second to Manchester City as favourites for the Premier League title, but few can deny they’re in a strong position.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are a single point clear of Pep Guardiola’s after 17 matches, with the pair set to meet in a mouth-watering clash at the Etihad in their first outing of 2019.

Liverpool can take plenty of confidence from the fact they’re the last remaining unbeaten side in the top-flight - not that it’ll count for anything if the reigning champions topple them next month.

However, it’s Klopp’s philosophy that should underpin their hopes of ending a 28-year wait since their last league title.

The German has won his fair share of admirers since bringing his ‘heavy metal’ tactics to England, including former Reds.

John Arne Riise, via ESPN, said: “I would have loved to play for Jurgen.

“His style of football would have suited me perfectly.”

It’s easy to picture the retired full-back bombing up down the left side of Klopp’s 4-3-3 if he was still in his prime.

Instead, Andrew Robertson is doing just that to great effect - and Riise has been keeping a close eye on the man occupying his old position.

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“He's brilliant because he's aggressive, quick and can cross the ball very well,” Riise said.

“He's great defensively as well.

Robertson isn’t perfect yet, though, according to the Norwegian, who added: “I want him to be more of a goalscoring threat as well.

“I watched a few games where he's inside the 18-yard box and he's crossing and always crossing. At the end, the opposition will know he's going to cross it.

“If he starts shooting sometimes then it's harder for the opposition to know what he's doing. I want him to start shooting and take more risks when he goes forward.”

Like many supporters of his former club, Riise wasn’t expecting the 24-year-old to establish himself as one of Liverpool’s key players so quickly.


“When he came last year, I was surprised at the time,” he said.

“[Alberto] Moreno did well last year as well, but then Robertson took over and never looked back. Since then he's been brilliant.

“I didn't know he was that good. He's not that big, he's quite small and [quite] skinny. But he's tough, challenging.

“I think he's a manager's dream because you know what you get from him. I'm surprised, but very excited for him.”

You’re certainly not alone in that regard, John.

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