“What a Clearance”: Robertson Wins Fans’ Hearts With Impossible Art of Defending but Liverpool Lose

“What a Clearance”: Robertson Wins Fans’ Hearts With Impossible Art of Defending but Liverpool Lose

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 14, 2024 at 3:16 PM
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  • Liverpool suffered a major blow to their Premier League ambitions
  • The Reds were stunned at home by Crystal Palace on Sunday, April 14
  • Despite the loss, defender, Andy Robertson, produced a standout display

Andy Robertson produced an almost-impossible clearance off the line during Liverpool's Premier League game against Crystal Palace.

The Scotland defender is known for his marauding runs on the left flank, but on Sunday, April 14, he proved why he is regarded as one of the best in his position.

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Andy Robertson clears an effort off the line during Liverpool's Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace. Photo by Michael Steele.
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With Palace taking an early lead through Eberechi Eze in the 14th minute, the visitors threatened to compound Liverpool's woes.

Robertson's impossible goal-line clearance

Jean-Philippe Mateta, who scored the opener in Palace's 4-2 loss to Manchester City last week, was put through on goal.

This was occasioned by a Virgil Van Dijk slip, reminiscent of Steven Gerrard's infamous error in 2014, as noted by the BBC Sports.

With only Alisson Becker to beat, the French striker dinked a goal-bound effort over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Just as the ball appeared to nestle at the back of the net, Robertson managed to do the unthinkable, according to GOAL.

The 30-year-old made a run back to the box, sliding towards goal before acrobatically clearing the ball off the line, denying the Eagles an obvious goal.

While his effort was heroic, it did not spare Jurgen Klopp's men from losing their first home game of the campaign, denting their Premier League ambitions.

Fans salute Robertson for 'unreal' clearance

His effort left many viewers impressed as they rushed to social media to pat the former Hull City man on the back for his impregnable piece of defending.

@iVifalol wrote:

"No joke, WORLD CLASS clearance."

Another user, @Wamiwa9, appreciated Robertson's clearance:

"Thank you, Robbo."

@_owurakuampofo added:

"That was a brilliant clearance by Robertson."

@lil_dee06 wrote:

"Robertson coming through with some solid defending saved Liverpool from a tricky situation there."

@prrooxxyyy waxed lyrical about the left-back's exceptional defending:

"Andy Robertson swooped in to save the day for Liverpool! Talk about a real-life superhero moment on the field. It's moments like these that make football so thrilling and unpredictable."

Klopp blames lack of conviction after Palace loss

Sports Brief also reported that Jurgen Klopp lamented Liverpool's lack of conviction in their surprising 1-0 home loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday, which dealt a blow to their Premier League title aspirations.

Despite an improved performance in the second half, Liverpool's familiar struggles in front of goal persisted, allowing Palace to secure just their second win in 10 games.

Klopp described the defeat as "rubbish," particularly attributing their first-half performance to the issues they couldn't rectify after the break.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.