Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay while defending Andy Robertson’s form for Scotland.
Robertson has come in for criticism in recent times after his country lost European Championship qualifiers against Russia and Belgium.
Yet Klopp has defended the Liverpool star while praising McTominay, who has impressed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
“Scotland isn’t blessed enough to have 20 players from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh who are all world-class talents,” Klopp told the Mail on Sunday.
“But they have always had a big heart, proper fight, a good defence and could score a goal. At Liverpool we have to create a situation where our team can perform and Scotland have got to do the same.
“Expectations are too high [with Scotland]. It’s not because of Robbo you don’t win. As a left-back, you can’t win a game alone. It’s just not possible.
“He doesn’t have to though because you have other good guys – John McGinn, what a super player he is, Robert Snodgrass, a wonderful player, Scott McTominay has great potential.
“So let them play and let the manager have time to create a style of play, a Scottish style.
“But don’t put the manager under pressure to deliver something so immediately that he can’t live up to it.”
McTominay starred for United as they beat Leicester 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
Marcus Rashford was the match winner for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, scoring the only goal of the game from 12 yards.
And Solskjaer lauded McTominay for his display against the Foxes.
“I thought McTominay was excellent,” Solskjaer said.
“He lost the ball a few times, but you expect that because he’s still learning his role.
“He goes into tackles and he’s a leader.
“I wouldn’t want to go into a 50-50 with him! I thought he did excellent all day.”
McTominay was given his debut by Jose Mourinho in 2018.
He then developed under Solskjaer last season, particularly towards the end of the campaign.
And he’s primed to play a starring role this term having caught the eye so far.