Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Anfield on Saturday, and it was an occasion that Andy Robertson will never forget, with the left-back branding the experience as one of a 'different class.'
Robertson, a summer acquisition for the Merseysiders from Hull City, did not let the prospect of a start in-front of the Kop get the better of him.
The Scotland international put in an accomplished shift for Jurgen Klopp's fold after featuring in previous fixtures against Watford and Hoffenheim in the Champions League.
The 23-year-old - speaking in a post match interview via Liverpool's official website - began by portraying his delight in being given the chance to martial the left flank by his German boss, and was understandably enthused by helping his new team keep a clean sheet against the Eagles.
“It was great. When I got told I was getting the nod and then you start thinking about playing at Anfield and in front of the fans - you can’t quite imagine it until you’re out there but it was different class,” the full-back gleefully claimed.
“At times they were frustrated but so were we and it was important we stuck together, which we did.
“This man [Mane] popped up with a goal when we needed him most and then I thought we were quite comfortable after that with the clean sheet and keeping the ball. That’s what we can do and luckily we managed to see it out and get the three points and a clean sheet.”
Robertson was one of three changes made in the defensive quarter by Klopp in the encounter against the south Londoners, with Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan also being included in the starting eleven.
Containing former Reds hit-man Christian Benteke was a priority for Liverpool, and Robertson believes that the changes made by Klopp enabled them to do exactly that.
“As soon as we saw their result last weekend, we knew we were going to get a reaction with the new manager,” he said.
“They’d have been working at it all week, maybe sitting in deep and going a bit more direct when you’ve got a threat like Benteke, but I thought Raggy and Joel dealt with it brilliantly and defensively I thought we were sound. That’s what we needed.”