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|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
2019 09 01 Retrieve
[Roberto Firmino is a more successful Liverpool player than Suarez, a better Brazil player than Neymar] With his work-rate, his technique, his goals and his all-round play, I don’t think there’s anyone like him. People will say there are better strikers, but for me what he does is so important to our team. We’d be lost without him. He’s world class.
He does everything, and that’s the beauty of Bobby. He can do it all. He’s our first line of defence, and I’ve not seen anybody better at doing that. He presses the defenders and doesn’t give them a minute. He comes back and nicks the ball in midfield for us. He’s so important defensively for us, then he goes up the park and scores goals and makes assists. That’s what we need him to do
2019 11 28 Retrieve
[No clean sheets in 11 games & Fabinho injured - Should Liverpool fans be worried?] We can’t keep doing it
2020 05 08 Retrieve
[Andy Robertson has aired his regret at having ruffled the hair of Lionel Messi] Me and Fabinho were tracking him [Messi] back, we both ended up on the ground. I just ruffled his hair a wee bit, he wasn’t too happy but it’s something I wouldn’t do again, that’s for sure. It’s just disrespectful to the best player that’s ever played this game. That game was like, in the changing room, I’ve never seen a changing room like it. We were so pumped up for the game, and unfortunately it happened too early didn’t it? He was on the ground, I was on the ground. I don’t know what came over me! I do regret it, but it’s something everyone relates to me now, which isn’t the best. If I was thinking it wouldn’t have been done. I wasn’t thinking clearly
[The 26-year-old Glasgow native is, however, prepared to admit that heading back to his roots at Celtic may be too good an opportunity turn down if it ever presented itself] If you asked me now what I’d want to do, I’d love to retire at Liverpool of course, but you know how hard it is to play at the highest of levels until you’re 35-36. I’d love to pull on the Celtic top and walk out at Parkhead. Do I want to go back at one point to even just live? Yeah, maybe
2020 05 08b Retrieve
[Liverpool star Andy Robertson has revealed he was once forced to sell women’s lingerie whilst working at a department store before his big break came in football] I was on the checkouts at Marks and Spencer. My mates got discounts on Percy Pigs, so they were delighted. I was only 17-18. I actually worked a couple of shifts on women’s lingerie. They were short on staff and I got flung up there. You just talk sh*t and hopefully they buy it
[Robertson also admitted that he didn’t have the greatest of first days at Liverpool’s Melwood training centre] I remember on my first day we had to do the Lactate Test – basically running to your maximum. I remember running alongside Danny Ings and I was just physically sick everywhere. Day one. Luckily the gaffer wasn’t there, so I thought I’d got away with it. They returned, he introduced himself and he called me ‘Mr. Sick Boy’ or something like that
[Robertson claims the German boss even puts his full effort into drinking and partying] He’s probably even more Klopp. He says, ‘anything you do, you do 100% - you play 100%, you train 100%, you party 100%. When he parties, he parties Klopp x3 or x4. What you see is what you get with him
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Robertson willing to wait for Premier League title party as Liverpool prepare to end 30 years of pain] It’s been 30 long years for this club and the fans probably couldn’t have imagined we’d have to wait nine weeks when we were so close to going into games where we hopefully could have won to seal the Premier League title. But we’ll get back to it, we’ll get going again, we’ll get our rhythm again and hopefully we can win the games we need to win and that’s what our aim is now. The light at the end of the tunnel was just getting back into training, to be honest. At times, there were some days you didn’t think that would have been possible, but now we’re back here, we can look forward and look to the next step. Then, like I said, hopefully with the games we’ve got ahead of us, we can get back to it. Would we like to play in front of 55,000 people at Anfield? Of course we would. Winning games or whatever without the fans won’t feel the same, but it’s something we know we need to go through and it’s something we know that in their houses and stuff they will be supporting us like mad and we’ll feel that support. Hopefully we can celebrate a title if we get the job done – and there will be time to celebrate it when the time is right. But for now we need to keep focused, we know whatever games are coming up and whenever they start, we need to get them won and get that trophy for this club.
Alisson’s just keeps growing and growing, I don’t know what state that is going to be in when we get back playing! Bobby’s [Firmino] is interesting, usually he’s quite sharp but he’s kind of let it go a wee bit rogue, Joe Gomez’s is really bushy on top. [Adam] Lallana just took the hit, didn’t he? He just shaved it all off, so I think we’ve gotten used to Adz having no hair now. That’s what happens, isn’t it? You have to adapt to these situations – and unfortunately sometimes you have to put trust in people who don’t have a clue what they’re doing! That’s what we’ve all done – some of us don’t trust their household members [with it] as much as some of us have. But hopefully Bobby can get back to his fresh haircut soon
2020 05 28b Retrieve
[Andy Robertson says Liverpool squad aren’t nervous about Premier League return] All the Premier League protocols that they have set out that the clubs have to adhere to, they have been second to none. The staff in here have been different class and have made it a safe environment for us to come into. For me, when people’s normal jobs start going back to normal and people are getting told to go back to work, then for us, I don’t think there’s a safer place where we can be. We’re following everything, the doctors are staying on top of everything. I can understand people being a wee bit nervous but the people in our squad who were nervous about it at the start, I don’t think they are now. We have been training for 10 days now and they can see how safe we are being, no stone is being left unturned
[Watford’s Troy Deeney has claimed Liverpool’s title will be tainted when it comes, but Robertson simply wants to get back on the pitch and finish the job] We will hopefully get playing back soon because we have done really well so far. Everyone is keeping to the rules and keeping to everything that we need to do, and then hopefully we can get football back on the telly. It’s not the same without fans but it’s something that we need to get used to just now and then hopefully the fans can come back sooner rather than later
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Andy Robertson says Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp are the best in the world at their respective roles] Virg is the best defender in the world, and I love him being on the left-hand side with me. We have a good partnership on and off the pitch, and we help each other out. On the pitch especially. The big guy is absolutely class in everything he does. He just carries himself so well on and off the pitch, and is somebody who a lot of people look up to, and I’m one of them. He’s a fantastic leader, a fantastic guy. I love playing with him, having him in the back line, and since he signed, he’s brought us forward. I loved him at Celtic as well, and I was delighted when we signed him, and it showed that the money spent was worth it.
I don’t think I’ve heard this quote, but it’s one that gets me. For a manager, who I think is the best in the world at the minute, for him to say that about me is really nice. That’s what I try to be. He’s probably right, could I have more confidence in myself and my ability? Yes, I could. It’s something I’m maybe trying to work on. Throughout my career, I’ve always doubted myself and it has kind of worked for me, brought out the best in me, putting performances in I can be proud of. He’s a fantastic man, a fantastic manager, and for him to think I don’t have negatives is great. He likes the Scottish people, I know he does, he gets on really well with Kenny Dalglish. He’s the father figure of this training ground, this group of boys, and he’s here for us in every way, whether on the pitch or off the pitch. That’s why we’re so successful just now, it’s down to him, and long may that continue. I know it’s a work thing, and he’s my manager, but we’re more than that, we’re a family here and that’s why we’ve been so successful.
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is hoping a few beers could be enough to sway Jurgen Klopp to give the side a few days off after they wrapped up the Premier League title] We’re still trying to convince the boss downstairs to give us a few days off! Give him a couple more beers and I think we’ll get two days off. We won’t tell you the exact location but we are all in a hotel together as a team. We thought something hopefully special was going to happen and that’s how it turned out. We went a bit crazy but the place went a bit silent when [Kevin] De Bruyne bagged a worldie free-kick. Luckily Chelsea reacted off that. The place went wild and we could sit back and enjoy the last five minutes
2020 06 26 Retrieve
[Reds defender Andy Robertson stressed the club’s united approach has played a big part in their title triumph, noting that they are like one big family] As a squad we’re so close. We love coming in to training every single day. If somebody is having a bad game, we dig them out of a hole and we stick together on the pitch, we stick together off the pitch – that’s why this squad is so special. I love being a part of it. We’re all kind of brothers and we have a dad figure in the gaffer and he’s the one that leads us in the right direction. Him and his staff have been second to none, to be fair, since I’ve came here. This season they’ve been excellent to us going, keep us hungry, keep us motivated. Motivation has never been a struggle. As players we’ve always been hungry and we always wanted to win trophies for this club. Luckily, we’re now showing that in the last 12 months
2020 06 26b Retrieve
[Andy Robertson is already planning to spend the rest of his career at Liverpool] That’s my plan. Whether I’m good enough at 33 or 34 to continue to do that, we’ll wait and see. But I don’t want to go anywhere, this club is so special to me in a short space of time. My family love it, I love it and I don’t want to go anywhere else. There’s no better team in the world just now than Liverpool, and why would any of us want to leave? We’ve got a young squad and we’ve got to be looking at the next five years to try and add more and more trophies. To start with the big two is always good and it gives us the freedom to go and add to it now, because the feeling of being champions is amazing and we don’t want it to be a one-off, we want that all the time. That’s what will drive us forward next season and the seasons after. It’s been an incredible journey for me, but I’m always one who looks forward and not back, so I’m looking to add more trophies at Liverpool. Hopefully next season we can win a couple more.
[Liverpool snapped Robertson up from Hull City for just £8 million ($10m) in the summer of 2017, with the flying full-back one of several players to have flourished under the guidance of Klopp] He’s like a father figure. He is the dad to all of us when we’re away. We can have a laugh with him but he knows when to get the lads going, he knows when to motivate us and how to motivate us