'Outstanding': Atletico player amazed by Liverpool star he believes is best in the world

Sam Preston November 17, 2020
'Outstanding': Atletico player amazed by Liverpool star he believes is best in the world
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Renan Lodi was part of the Atletico Madrid side which beat Liverpool home and away last season.

The 22-year-old Brazilian left back played every minute of both legs as the Reds were eliminated from the Champions League.

A 1-0 defeat in Spain was followed up by a 3-2 home loss after extra time as Jurgen Klopp’s side lost their grip on their Champions League crown.

Those matches gave Lodi the chance to come up against a player he feels is the world’s best in his position.

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Speaking to FIFA’s official website, Lodi called Andy Robertson – his opposite number at left back against Liverpool – one of the two best in the world.

When asked to name the best left backs in the world, Lodi said: “[Andy] Robertson of Liverpool and Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich are outstanding players.

“Davies is even younger than me, and Robertson is still young. They’re great players and have so much potential.”

Lodi’s Atletico may have won the day last season but he was clearly impressed with what he saw from Robertson up close.

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Robertson has been outstanding since 2018 and has started this season similarly well.

He recently led Scotland to Euro 2020 qualification, which will be the country’s first major tournament since World Cup 1998.

As Lodi eludes to, the former Hull man has plenty of room to improve and it’s no surprise he’s rated so highly in world terms.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.