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2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson believes he has kicked on at Liverpool] There has been a lot happening in a relatively short period of time but I’ve loved every minute of it. Of course at the start it was a lot tougher, there was still a big learning curve for me at the time to realise the standard I had to get up to and how much I had to improve to play at this level. Luckily, I feel I made that step and I’ve kicked on from there. But I still feel I can improve a lot more and that’s what I aim to do season to season. Last season was a big season for me because there was a bit more expectation on me at the start because of the six months I had previously; I feel I managed to deal with that. This season there’ll probably be even more. I just look to add to it, keep putting in good performances and keep contributing to the team, like the manager and coaching staff want me to do

When I signed, Mo and Chambo had come in, so there was a lot more said about them and rightly so. I kind of went under the radar but it probably made it a bit harder for me because I wanted to get games under my belt to try to prove to the manager and my teammates, and the fans, that I could play at this level. At the start it didn’t quite get to that, so maybe people from the outside were thinking I couldn’t quite make that standard, which was probably one of my biggest worries at that point because I knew if I got my chance at least I could try to take it. I was delighted. Obviously the circumstances when Alberto [Moreno] got injured was bad timing for him, but I knew it was good timing for me, that I would have at least five or six games of being able to get up to speed. It took me maybe one or two games to get up to sharpness but once I did I felt as if I belonged in the team and could really contribute; luckily I started to show that and obviously everyone came on board and was happy I was at the club

2019 07 29 Retrieve

[Andrew Robertson is hopeful that Liverpool will return to full-strength quickly after a comprehensive pre-season friendly defeat against Napoli] The lads coming back, even if they don’t play, it gives you a lift when they train and with the way they go about their business. It doesn’t matter if they play on Wednesday or not, that’s completely up to the manager three days in, but that’s irrelevant: if they’re back in training and back around the place then it makes a difference. Mo and Bobby are two of our main men and Alisson was magnificent last season. They are huge characters in the changing room as well so that’ll be massive for us, and then Sadio will come back the following week. Once we get the whole team back together, and I think Shaq and Naby aren’t far off too, they’re players that are familiar around the set-up and around the system and that’s what we need. The quicker we get all of us back together then hopefully the better. But it’s not anyone else’s fault, the young lads or whatever who have come in, we’ve all not been good enough and maybe Bobby and Mo and people like that will give us the lift that we need. Hopefully, that does happen.

They’ve been great [throughout pre-season] and when young kids come in it’s a breath of fresh air sometimes. Harvey Elliott only signed this morning and he’s come on and done magnificently for 15 minutes. He’s only 16 years old and I think people forget that. Rhian’s had a great pre-season, Harry Wilson looked good when he came on today. Look, we need these players to push us and they need to push us in every single position and if they do that then the gaffer will give them the chance. Fair play to them, when they came on and we were all off then it did look better. I was watching and it looked a lot better than we felt in the first half so credit to them. But now it’s up to us to put in the performances, we’ve got one more game before it gets competitive and we need to get up to speed now

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson also rated the abilities of his Scotland international team-mate Kieran Tierney] I’ve played with Kieran Tierney for Scotland and he’s played right-back and centre-back. I’ve watched him and he’s a very good footballer

2019 08 01 Retrieve

[Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is ready to forget about his side’s Champions League triumph last season, as he turns his attention towards more trophies in 2019-20] The day we came back it wore off for us. For us the first day we came back it’s really forgotten about until we retire. Then we can sit back and say, ‘OK, we won the Champions League’, that’s a real achievement in a career. The focus now needs to be on winning more trophies, because that Champions League is now in the past. We don’t want to be the team that only won one trophy – of course it’s a big one, but we want to be a team that wins a host of trophies

[Robertson, though, isn’t getting concerned at a lack of spending by his side] The same got said about Tottenham last season, that they wouldn’t kick on without signings, but they went on and had a more successful season. For us, the most important thing was keeping all our players, and we’ve managed to do that. Of course we lost a couple who were out of contract, but the others have all stayed together, and that’s a big thing

[The Reds will kick off their season on Sunday when they take on Man City in the Community Shield, a match Robertson is eagerly anticipating] We will look forward, next week is the start of the season against Man City and we look forward to it. We know how hard this season is going to be, but it’s one we look forward to, and one that we need to build on for the coming season

2019 08 05 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson thinks the chasing pack in the Premier League title race will pose Liverpool more of a threat in the 2018-19 season] We know the season did come down to that game at the Etihad really. But it’s over 38 games and that’s what it will come down to again. Look, we know we are a good team and we know we are here to stay. We need to prove that again. But like I said, the other teams that were quite a bit behind us last season will pose a better threat than they did last season and Man City will definitely be here to stay. So it will be an interesting league but it’s one where we can definitely compete in

[Liverpool are the team to get the ball rolling in the Premier League as they welcome newly-promoted Norwich City to Anfield] Whether we won or whether we lost today, we weren’t going to look too much into it. That was my opinion anyway because it’s a one-off game. Friday is a big one, nobody has hidden away from that as it’s the start of the Premier League and everyone looks to get off to a good start. Norwich City had a fantastic season in the Championship, I watched quite a bit of them and they are a very good team. So they will be coming here full of confidence after their promotion. I know how that feels and they will be looking to get their season off to a good start, so we know the threats that they will bring. But I hope that they know ours as well and we will be a lot better for today’s game going into Friday. It’s just about getting the performance right, which I’m sure we will do

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson is aware that Liverpool’s players have big expectations to live up to this season] We don’t want to be a team that only won the Champions League. We want to leave a legacy and win more trophies. We set records that will probably never be done again and we still fell short

Last year, from the turn of the year, it was probably a two-horse race but I do believe it will be more competitive at the top this season. I think the teams behind us have improved in the market. Whether the signings are successful is another thing but they are trying to close the gap

[Jurgen Klopp has been quiet in the transfer market this summer with teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott, and reserve goalkeeper Adrian, the only arrivals] Everyone wants new players coming in and sometimes it’s not possible. We have a very good squad

2019 09 01 Retrieve

[Burnley (0) vs (3) Liverpool. Andy Robertson paid tribute to the brilliance of Roberto Firmino, and says Liverpool would be lost without the Brazilian] 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

[Asked to expand on what makes Firmino so special] 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. The work he puts in during games is probably more than any other striker in the world

[Liverpool’s win at Burnley was their 13th in a row in the league, a club record] It means nothing because we’ve only got four wins this season. Of course it’s nice to be in the record books and if that’s another box we’ve ticked off then great, but it’s not about that. It’s about four wins from four and top of the league going into the first international break. We had the aim to win the games we needed to win, luckily we’ve done that. Now we’ll have the break, come back and we’ve got another tough run

It’s not often you come to Burnley and get a performance like that. I thought we were different class. You know what you’re going to get here, they’ve been doing it for a number of years and they’re very good at it. I think that’s the easiest win we’ve had, certainly since I’ve been here. A pleasing night all round. [The clean sheet] was massive for us. We’ve been comfortable in all the games so far this season but we’ve given away stupid goals at daft times, so it was important we kept concentrated and we did that well. They didn’t have many chances, if any, and I’m delighted for Adrian getting a clean sheet. We’re all buzzing with that

[Robertson also had some words of praise for Sadio Mane, who continued his own fine start to the season with another goal] Sadio is a naturally fit boy. He didn’t want rest, he wanted to come back and hit the ground running in the Premier League, which he’s done. His goal was great, his all-round play got better as the game went on. I’ve got a good relationship with him on the left and hopefully that continues for many games and many years. He’s a fantastic player and I love playing with him. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll keep producing the numbers. They [the front three] are world-class players, and the goal doesn’t move. They know where the goal is, and they’re finding it at the moment. All three of them were fantastic today, and hopefully that continues because we need them

2019 09 01b Retrieve

[Roberto Firmino is a more successful Liverpool player than Luis 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 09 07 Retrieve

[Andrew Robertson said his team were ‘scared’ after taking the lead against Russia in their Euro 2020 qualifier, before squandering the advantage and losing 2-1] There’s frustration, annoyance, everything that goes along with it. You can feel it from the stands and we’ve only got ourselves to blame for that, they’ve got every right. It wasn’t good enough. First 15 minutes I thought we were good, [then] got the goal and it was as if it scared us - I’ve never seen anything like that before. That needs to change, If we go into a lead it should be a positive not a negative. I’m annoyed with everything. My performance, what the rest of the lads done, all of us except David Marshall really. To have 10 players from the start not really showing up and putting in the performances we can is never going to win you a game of football

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson admits he has struggled to replicate his club form on an international stage with Scotland] Being criticised, rightly or wrongly, it’s maybe stronger now that I’m captain. But these are things I’m made for. If people criticise me, it’s fine. I’d prefer they didn’t because it means I’ve put in a good performance, but sometimes that doesn’t always go your way. Some games as captain I’ve not been good enough, some I have been, but that’s me to look at my own performance. That’s what I’ve looked at over the last few games. I don’t like getting beat anyway, but on Friday I maybe dwelled on it longer than usual. I’ve learned a lot. Good things and bad things

[Robertson added on his role as skipper, with Alex McLeish having first appointed him captain] I said a year ago what a big honour it was, that’s not changed, I’m delighted to be the captain of this country, I love doing it and I hope the lads think I’m doing a good job. There’s also negatives that come along with it that I need to deal with and it’s about learning how to deal with them. I think I’m getting better at that

[Things are not about to get any easier for Robertson and Scotland, with their next outing on Monday set to see them face a Belgium side that tops the FIFA rankings] Rankings don’t lie, they’re the best team in the world. To get that big result would be massive for us, but unfortunately in this campaign it would only be three points. It would open it up again, but we would still need another couple of big results. We need to try to get a result because, if we don’t, I think it’ll leave us too much to do. We need to go out and play with no fear and try and enjoy it, because I don’t feel as if we look as if we’re enjoying it as much as we probably should be. We’re representing our country

2019 09 15 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson has praised Roberto Firmino for his key role in lifting Liverpool to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday] We’re gutted for big Div coming off, hopefully it’s not too serious but he had to come off at that time. But to bring Bobby on is always a nice sub to have. Obviously he came back late from internationals and the manager decided to put him on the bench. When he came on he showed his class and could probably have had three or four assists. He had a big impact and that’s what we needed. Luckily we had enough for the three points

[The Reds now turn their attention to this week’s Champions League opener away to Napoli, their first of four games before the end of the month] August was relaxed in terms of what we’re used to but September is back to the busy schedule. The Champions League starts on Tuesday and we’ll be on a flight on Monday. So it’s all about recovering, we need to recover properly and we need to be ready to go on Tuesday. September is a busy period. We need to come through it firing and get the results we need

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson says taking to the pitch for Liverpool against Newcastle helped him get over a tough international break with Scotland] Trust me, it can happen. Unfortunately, it happened twice over that last week. Trust me, it can happen. Unfortunately, it happened twice over that last week. I lock myself away. I don’t like to talk to anyone. That’s up to me to deal with and I dealt with it in the way that I felt was right and I’ll continue to do that. But I hope I’m not dealing with it because that means my performances are better and the team’s performances are better. It’s a team game, it’s not just one person, and unfortunately we didn’t perform as a team last week. I was just looking forward to getting back out on the pitch, not letting it affect me and try and concentrate on my game and things like that. Don’t get me wrong, last week was tough, and I just couldn’t wait for this game. Once the Scotland games were out of the way and the dust had settled, I couldn’t wait for the (Newcastle) game because I wanted to get back to good performances. I feel as if I did that

[As Scotland captain, Robertson has had to bear the brunt of the criticism over the past week] That’s something you have to deal with when you go up there. Darren Fletcher dealt with it for ten, 12 years when he was at the top at Manchester United and now I’m facing it. That’s something I have to deal with up in Scotland and I need to deal better with

2019 09 16b Retrieve

[Andy Robertson has urged Liverpool to learn from the mistakes of last season as they begin their Champions League defence against Napoli this week] The result followed the performance and the performance wasn’t good enough. It was poor from our perspective in all the away games really last season in the group stages, we didn’t really perform. We need to be better than that. We know what Naples is like but now we can focus on it and it’s the start of us trying to retain the Champions League. We can look forward to that challenge. It starts in Naples, it doesn’t get much harder, but we look forward to it

[Napoli, though, represents a chance to lay down a marker, according to Robertson] Of course. The group is going to be tough but that’s the chance we’ve got, the chance to win and get three points from the second seeds. We know how close it was between us and them last season, it was so important that we won the home game. We’ll look to be more comfortable this season hopefully going through the group stages because it was a wee bit close for comfort last season. The way to do that is by putting in a good performance and getting off to a good start

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson says the Reds will not start looking at the table until it gets interesting] We’re not looking at the table just yet, there is still a long, long way to go. Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to be five points clear but there are going to be twists and turns this season, as there were last season. We’ve got off to a good start but it’s about keeping that going and keeping the momentum. If we keep winning our games, that’s all that matters. But we won’t look at the table until it gets interesting

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[Andrew Robertson says last season’s title disappointment has helped pave the way for their perfect Premier League start] It’s all about winning games and to keep on moving forward, so we cannot dwell on [the win over Chelsea]. We have got another big week coming up and we just focus on our own game, we don’t focus on anything else other than that. There are big challenges ahead and we need to keep ticking them off. In this period, if we can keep it going until the internationals and keep looking at the fixtures then that is what we’ll do. We’ve got a tough run but if we can get to the next internationals with positive results then we’ll be in a very good place. Hopefully we can go one better than last season in terms of finishing second. We won the Champions League but we want the Premier League and hopefully this season we do that. But, there is a long, long way to go and everyone behind us will be waiting for us to drop points. So I am sure they will be ready to pounce, so we need to be ready for that and I think last season has helped us massively for that

[After that, the focus turns towards the Champions League and Red Bull Salzburg, and Robertson is relishing the opportunities that come with this busy time of year] This is what we’re made for, we’re in the season, well into it now and we are used to going to places and playing three games a week. That is what we are used to. It is the exact same preparation and we were good to go today. We had to dig deep at times and Chelsea started putting the pressure on us once they got the goal but we dug deep and that is a big three points for us

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson says Liverpool can’t be expected to win comfortably every week by playing attractive football] Look, you can’t win 4-0, 5-0 every single week by playing beautiful football and everyone claps you off the park because they’ve been given a show. When you’re not at your best and the other team are putting you under pressure then it’s important to get the win

It’s so important to come to these places and keep a clean sheet because the worst-case scenario is you draw 0-0. ah, it might not be ideal, but then you take it and you move on. But like I said, when we’re not at our best, it’s important we win and luckily we did that.

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is relishing Sunday’s battle with Scott McTominay and says his Scotland team-mate has been excellent for Manchester United this season] He’s been excellent all season in a United team that has had its critics. I think he’s carried himself very well. I’ll be looking forward to facing him on Sunday. Obviously, I hope to come out on top

[The Reds are winless in their last five away league meetings with United] I think what makes the fixture so special is that it’s historic. There have been such great battles down the years. And they’ve always had top teams who have always fought against each other for everything on the pitch. It’s always like that. And it’s genuinely a different atmosphere when you play against them. It’s one game that we always look forward to. Since I’ve been a Liverpool player, we’ve not managed to get a result at Old Trafford. So hopefully that changes on Sunday

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson was absolutely delighted to see Adam Lallana score Liverpool’s crucial equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday] Amazing, because he struggled with injuries, he has come back and got injured again and stuff like that, so he has struggled. Adam feels it as well because you can see when he is injured. Nobody likes it when you are injured, but he managed to pick himself up, he is now fit and he has been unbelievable this season in training. He has been giving 100 per cent.

In the changing rooms before games, he is one of the loudest. He could easily be quiet as he is on the bench and not playing. But the way he has conducted himself - and, to be fair, [along with] all of the lads who haven’t played as much as they would have wanted - Adam is a top, top professional and a top, top guy. I’m absolutely delighted for him that he could get on the end of it. When he came on I thought he was brilliant and I thought he changed the game. To get that goal, it will do a world of good for him and his confidence and I think we’ll see a lot more from him

[Robertson was keen to stress that it is still far too early to draw any conclusions, with the 2019-20 campaign only nine fixtures deep] There is a long, long way to go and there’s going to be twists and turns. We are going [to] - and I’m sure everyone will - drop points up until the end of the season. It’s such a competitive league that it’s going to be so hard not to. But we are in the middle of October and a quarter of a way through the season. Would we have taken a six-point lead? Of course, we would have, not even a doubt. We have had tough games and we have got more coming up, so we need to focus on what’s in front of us because we didn’t play at our best today. But we need to try to get back to our best and put in good performances that will win us games. The season isn’t won in October, so let’s see where we are in May

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson highlighted Sadio Mane’s last-gasp winner against Aston Villa as further evidence of how much the Liverpool star has raised his game in 2019] It was a smashing goal. We worked on it in training, worked on the front post…the big moments happen in the 94th or 95th minute and he pops up. An incredible finish. Sadio has been magnificent since I’ve come in, but 2019 I think has been his year. He’s really turned it up. He obviously shared the [Premier League] Golden Boot last year and he’s off to a flyer this year

[Robertson attributed the catalogue of rescue jobs to Jurgen Klopp’s demanding fitness regime] Like we said last season as well, it’s all about the work that goes into pre-season and we worked so hard to get fit and we believe we can go right to the end. We went 95, 96 minutes [at Villa] and that’s why, when teams start to get tired, we kind of find our second gear and we start getting good chances

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Liverpool know from their experiences last season that they can’t afford to slip up. Andy Robertson, who assisted Salah’s goal, was especially keen to make that point] Last year, especially at the back end of the season, both us and Man City just weren’t dropping points. We kept on winning, that’s why the points tally was so high. We believe that if we keep going like that, you know, if we keep getting 97 points, one year we’re going to win the league! Hopefully we can just keep going game by game, as boring as it is. That’s exactly what we have to do. It worked well for us last year and it’s worked well for us so far this year. We’ve beaten Man City at home and it’s a big result for us, but we still need to keep going after the international break, it’s the toughest period over Christmas

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson is confident that, if Liverpool can finish above Manchester City this season] Massive for us. A big game against our closest rivals from last year. Both of us were in a league of their own last year and it looks as if there’s going to be a couple of others sniffing about this year. But I still believe if you finish above Man City then I think you’ll get the title. It’s a massive win for us and it’s just another one that we’ve got to tick off. There’s still a long, long way to go, but it’s always nice to beat your rivals

[Liverpool had to soak up plenty of pressure against City, but put in a clinical performance as an attacking threat] I think in these games the first goal is always crucial and luckily Fabinho has hit an absolute rocket. After that then we’ve gone up the park again and scored and got 2-0. We stayed calm, we stayed composed and we knew the next goal was so crucial because if Man City scored then we know how good they can be. Luckily Sadio [Mane] got on the end of a delightful cross by Hendo (Jordan Henderson). Then we had to dig deep, we did. We were tired and had to dig deep as they threw everything at us. It’s easier when they’re chasing the game and they’ve got nothing to lose. We had to dig deep and I think we defended really well

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has defended his decision to pull out of Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan by stating he has long-term concerns over an ankle problem] It’s a big disappointment for me to miss out. I don’t care what game it is, I want to play and my track record in the last five years has shown that. But for the last two and a half weeks, I’ve not trained at all for Liverpool. I’ve trained the day before a game, could only play the last 15 minutes against Genk in the Champions League and missed the Arsenal game in the League Cup.

It’s a niggling injury which won’t go away unless I give it time. My ankle was already injured when a tackle from Rodri on me late in the game against Manchester City on Sunday opened it up again. I was already a doubt for Scotland but unfortunately that made it even worse. I don’t want to pick up more injuries and ruin my season because of it. The call has been made and it has been taken out of my hands. It hurts as captain to miss out. I know a lot has been said about these two games being meaningless but we don’t believe that

2019 11 24 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson hails Sadio Mane as one of the world’s best after the Liverpool star helped his side maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League] Especially this year he has been fantastic. Even when I came to the club [in 2017] he was amazing but maybe did not have as much composure as he does now in front of goal. Now every time he is front of goal you don’t think he will miss. The one he had at the start of the second half when Hendo put him in, we were surprised he didn’t score. That is the type of player he is. You expect him to score and that is a good thing. He has popped up with another crucial goal.

It has been a fantastic year for him and let’s hope he can keep going for a full season instead of a calendar year. That would help. The others are pitching in as well but it’s a fantastic year for him and he has taken his game to another level. Does he belong in the top bracket? I would say so. People are giving him more credit and that is deserved. Our front three gets talked about quite a lot. Maybe Bobby [Firmino] does not score as many as the other two but his work-rate is second to none and if he didn’t do what he does, Sadio and Mo [Salah] would not do what they do. Hopefully all three can keep going as we are not even halfway through the season and we need them to keep going

[Robertson himself had been a doubt for the Palace game due to an ongoing ankle issue] It is still painful but you know … It is something that I gave time for it to improve. Keeping it moving will help it, and hopefully in time it will be better. I was desperate to play and the gaffer asked me if I was okay, I believed I was and luckily I got through the game. Me and Mo were in the same position. Mo was desperate to play as well, but the manager made the decision and Mo was fine and accepted it. You don’t want to miss any games but if it means him missing one game rather than six, this is a big difference. Sometimes you need to be a bit clever. I have come through, Mo was not needed although he was stripped and ready, then Bobby scored and he sat back down! Hopefully that will give him more time to settle and hopefully he will be fine for midweek

[Reflecting on yet another late victory, Robertson delivered a wry smile] Scoring late is good and enjoyable but we would much rather be 2-0 or 3-0 up and see out the game! We cannot keep relying on it but it is good we have that mentality and we didn’t panic because we have been in this position so many times. I think that is why we took control of the game and scored the winner. We are 30 games unbeaten [in the league] but I would rather it was 30 this season rather than split over two seasons! But people can talk all they want. We know how tough this league is. Every time you go to an away ground they want to beat you. They know how long the record is at Anfield and they want to beat us there as well. Everyone wants to beat us. We are top of the league and everyone wants to catch us. That is the task we are facing but we have the mentality to keep that up

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Andrew Robertson has confessed that he takes significantly longer than his team-mates to warm up at the moment] It [the ankle] has been better to be fair, just a bit stiff after matches but it is something I can manage. It is slightly painful but if you don’t have any pain doing what we are doing, maybe you are doing something wrong but I feel good. I think the physio is sick of treating me. It just takes longer to loosen up in training, maybe an extensive warm-up. It is fine for me in games. You probably get half an hour to warm up instead of 10 minutes

[When asked if he has had to rein in his enthusiasm to avoid making the injury worse] Sometimes I do, but I get paid to play games and I don’t want to miss any training sessions or any games. Genk at home I wanted to play but the manager had made his mind up that I was only going to play against Genk or Aston Villa and he chose Villa. It also happened with Mo on Saturday. We all want to play games but sometimes it is not possible and people need to step in and tell you otherwise

[Robertson is wary of the threat posed by Carlo Ancelotti’s side] Their [Napoli’s] manager is a very good one. Tactically the way they play is very good and that is down to him but also they have very good players so that is why the games have been so close. But we know we can cause them problems as well. I believe we can beat anyone if we are 100 per cent. Hopefully, we can produce a performance we can be proud of

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[No clean sheets in 11 games & Fabinho injured - Should Liverpool fans be worried?] We can’t keep doing it

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson said he was unsure how Salah had scored from such an acute angle] Mo missed a couple of great chances. He and Bobby [Roberto Firmino] put so much pressure on themselves to score. We kept saying ‘the next one, the next one, the next one’, then he goes and scores from a ridiculous angle. I don’t know how he’s got it in from there on his weaker foot

All round it was an excellent team performance. People were saying that we were struggling, but we finished with four points more than last year and topped the group. We have got into the last 16 and know what we can do from there

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson believes nobody will want to face Liverpool after they sealed their passage to the last 16 of the Champions League] That is the atmosphere we have created in the last two years. [We are] a team which has been to the final twice and we are respected in this tournament. Maybe the first season when we went to the final, I don’t think we were really respected until maybe after the quarter-final when we went to Porto and washed them away. We did not get the respect we deserved. Now, we know we are respected in Europe. No-one will want us but everyone who gets into the last 16 will fancy themselves. It is the toughest tournament. The teams you come up against are outstanding and will fancy themselves. Everyone does. Everyone is confident. And when it gets to the last 16 you get to the nitty gritty bits. We know that now we are the champions and everyone wants to beat us. That is what we have to deal with and hopefully we can deal with it well. But there are about 40 games between now and the last 16 - so we will worry about that when the time comes

Our squad is full of quality. And unfortunately for Naby this season, he has picked up an injury which has kept him out a wee bit and he came back and the midfield has done so well. But he has had an opportunity in the last two games and he has been excellent. He has added to our options and that is what we need to create. Naby replicates what this team is about. He was the man of the match on Saturday and again tonight he was excellent. Long may that continue

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson has hailed new Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino after his impressive performances against the Reds in the Champions League] It was difficult to play against Salzburg full stop, but I thought he was their main man. He was the one, especially at Anfield, who caused us problems. When we went 3-0 up, he started to dictate the game. He started to run at us a wee bit and he got a goal and an assist. That might be why the gaffer started looking at him and thinking ‘who is this player?’. In the two games we played against them, he was great. Other than that, I hadn’t really seen him play. He will be a welcome addition for us and I’m sure he will be a fantastic player. We look forward to him coming over in January and I’m sure he’ll add to the already high quality in this squad

[Following the game a number of Liverpool players approached head coach Jurgen Klopp to recommend that the club make a move for Minamino] No, I wasn’t one of them! I don’t know if that’s true or not. But if players did that, then I can definitely see why

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[Liverpool defender Andy Robertson admits missing out on the Premier League title last season still hurts] Our total of 97 points wins 95 per cent of the Premier Leagues in previous years. Unfortunately we were in the year where it wasn’t enough. For us, that still hurts, missing out after such a fantastic season. It was eased by winning the Champions League and we can look back and say it was a successful season. Without the Champions League, though, we couldn’t. It would have been a very long summer. We know how important every single game is because every point and every win and last-minute winner and clean sheet last season was so important. We fell short but pushed Man City all the way

This season, we have got a nice lead just now, but we know if we drop points then the two teams behind us will be ready to pounce. We just need to keep them at arm’s length, and if we keep doing that then we keep that gap. That has to be our aim. We know it’s going to be tough and realistically games are going to get tougher, and if we do drop points then it’s all about bouncing back. We have done that so far

2020 01 01 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson says it would be a massive achievement if Liverpool go a full year unbeaten in the Premier League but insists that winning is more important to the club than records] It would say a lot. I think it says more about our mentality than it maybe does about our skill or how good we are, because to be able to do it when on a lot of occasions it’s been Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday - we’ve had a lot of games. And obviously going far in the Champions League last season, we went right to the end, but to still not lose your focus in the Premier League is so important. So that has to be our aim and hopefully, we can get the result that we need on January 2 to do that [go a year unbeaten]. It would be massive for us to go a whole calendar year [unbeaten], but I’d rather a whole season than a whole calendar year because I think that would mean we would be champions. But we’ll let other people talk about that and we’ll just move on because we’ve got no time to waste with a massive FA Cup game in the coming days

Of course, there’s not much point in us standing still. Look, it’s going to be a tough year to top in terms of winning the Champions League and the tally in the Premier League and stuff like that, but that has to be our aim. We’re going into 2020 and we’ve put ourselves in a good position – we’re obviously in the last 16 of the Champions League and we’re in a good position in the Premier League. It’s up to us to continue that and to not let 2019 be the only year they talk about with this group of boys. That’s our determination and hopefully I’m sitting here this time next year and we’ll go ‘what a year it’s been again’ and then we’ll move on to 2021. That has to be the aim, that’s the determination for all of the boys and now it’s up to us to fulfil it

2020 01 02 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson says Liverpool will not be breaking out party hats just yet] We’re happy with the position we are in just now. I’m sure Liverpool fans would love us to come out and say, ‘get your party hats on’ and all that, but for us we have still got half a season to go. We have to go into every game believing we can win it, and if we do that, we will win the league. But we know it’s not as easy as that and as each game passes every team will want to beat us more. Everyone wants to beat us that wee bit more. Everyone wants be the first team to beat us this season, everyone wants to be the ones which stops Liverpool winning the league. That is the stuff that we face and it is stuff that so far we have dealt with very well but for us it’s far too long for us to think about being crowned champions

[Robertson added on a Klopp] He’s like the father figure of Melwood. To us he is more than a manager. Of course he sets up the team and gives the tactics. Players who aren’t playing won’t be happy at times and that is natural but the way he comes across and explains it – it makes it that bit easier. If you ever need anything he is there for you. That is why we all look up to him like a father figure. We’re away from our families a lot and he’s the one who drives us all forward and that is so important to have. I’ve been lucky to have some great managers on my way up, but for me he is the tip of it. He has the whole package and that’s why he is such a successful manager

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson says Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino take as much joy from clean sheets as Liverpool’s defensive unit] It’s so important. And you might not think it, but it’s so important to Bobby, Sadio and Mo [as well], they really like us keeping clean sheets. As a whole squad and club, if you keep clean sheets, you’ll never get beat. Maybe 38 0-0 draws aren’t good over the whole season! But it’s a great basis and that’s five on the bounce. Even though we were winning games a lot, we said about our defence – and we just kept on going and knew the clean sheets would come. So, delighted to get five on the bounce but it’s about keeping that going now

The young lads are on the bench. In terms of our injury list, we lost Naby [Keita] in the warm-up [against the Blades], you’ve got Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Chambo [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain], Clyney [Nathaniel Clyne]. If those players are available, it’s a hell of a squad. The quicker we get them back, the better because it’ll be best for our squad – but the young lads have been amazing in training and full of enthusiasm. That’s what you need, they push us all on

2020 01 12 Retrieve

[Liverpool left back Andrew Robertson has pulled back the curtain on the culture that has set the Reds on the path to greatness] As a team as a whole we’ve become a lot more mature in terms of keeping the ball and maybe taking it to the corner, frustrating them, which maybe two or three years ago we didn’t quite do and sometimes we lost goals and threw away leads. Now I think we’re a lot more mature to deal with one-goal leads. Probably the perfect example of that was the Champions League final where we took an early lead. That was probably our most mature performance ever

All the lads in there are no different. As footballers you invest everything, you invest your life into football. It’s a short career and nobody likes being in the treatment room, not being fit to play the game. For me, I put everything into it to ensure I can play the game or be available. That’s what I’ve always done. Lifestyle, I always eat well and watch what I eat. I don’t drink during the season but don’t get me wrong, off season, I have a couple of weeks! I’m Scottish, after all! During the season I try not to and that’s important because you need to invest into your body. It’s the most important thing. The team behind the team at Melwood every day, they make sure our body is ready and we’re as fit as we can possibly be

2020 01 13 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson admits the records that Liverpool continue to break will be irrelevant unless the season ends with the Reds hoisting aloft the Premier League title] For us, they are irrelevant. Yes, if we break records on the way, fine, great, but we will look at that [only] if we get a trophy. Because last season we broke records in terms of clean sheets and ended up empty-handed in the Premier League. Records don’t mean anything unless they get you the end goal, hopefully this season it will [come]

This league is so hard. Maybe sometimes we’ve made it look easy but believe me, it’s not – it’s so hard to perform against every team that wants to beat you. The longer the run goes on, the more everyone wants to beat you – ‘we beat Liverpool’ or whatever. We don’t take anything for granted. We are not celebrating in there that we are champions. We are just celebrating a nice win just now. Long may that continue and then in May maybe we can start to celebrate

2020 01 20 Retrieve

[Robertson hails Van Dijk after Liverpool beat Manchester United] I’ve got the pleasure of playing next to him and he is a fantastic role model, fantastic player, fantastic centre-half. If anyone is young and up-and-coming I’d suggest watching Virgil van Dijk because he makes it look easy, but that’s all the hard work he has put in. He tries to improve every single day

[Robertson also praises captain Jordan Henderson] All the lads are doing fantastic. I thought Hendo was ridiculous [against United], the way he played was quite phenomenal. Virgil gets a lot of credit so I’ll maybe spread it about a bit!

[Liverpool require just 30 points from their last 16 league games to secure a first league title since 1990] We would obviously love to say yes – but no! You are playing against your rivals who you’ve had great battles with over the years and the fans probably want to rub it in a bit. But we’re not getting carried away. Until the champions sign is above our heads we don’t believe anything. Yes, the lead is 16 points but we know how tough it gets. We’ve beaten United and in three days’ time we go away to Wolves, who are flying, and it’s an incredibly tough game. We know how hard this league is and how the table can change in a couple of weeks so it’s up to us to stay 100 per cent focused and not allow that to happen. If we do then we keep ticking off the games and we hopefully get closer and closer. We can believe once the final whistle of that game goes

[on historic unbeaten league campaign] We don’t think about that. We go into every game to win. For us that is the aim, because we don’t want to get beat and drop points, but we’ve said it many a time we work game-to-game and it’s worked well for us so why would we change that now? Looking too far ahead and thinking can we go unbeaten is pointless. We’ll just focus on Wolves and we go into a tough game trying to get the legs fresh, try and put in a similar performance and try to be more clinical. Fingers-crossed we can do that and then the games start getting less and less and then hopefully we can be champions, but we’re not thinking about that [the unbeaten season].

The last 39 games have been incredible but for us it is unfortunate it has not been in one season, it has been across two. We keep going, we are on a good run just now, we are confident, seven clean sheets on the bounce is massive and long may that continue. We will let other people say that [the title is won] but I don’t think anyone in that dressing room is believing that just yet. I think we can see that with every performance we are putting in

2020 01 20b Retrieve

[Liverpool striker Firmino backed by Andy Robertson after VAR frustration] It’s tough, that’s VAR for you. You celebrate the goal and Bobby’s thinking ‘I’m back at Anfield and have scored again’. It was a fantastic strike, and then of course it gets ruled out. That’s the way football is going. Bobby’s goal at Anfield will come sooner rather than later

[Efforts from Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool to a 21st Premier League victory of the season] I’ve got the pleasure of playing next to him. He’s a fantastic role model and a fantastic player. If there are any young up-and-coming centre-halves, I’d suggest watching Virgil van Dijk. He makes it look easy but that’s down to all the hard work he’s put in. He tries to improve every single day

[Reds supporters are daring to dream once more, with a first top-flight crown in 30 years now well within reach] Until the champions sign is above our head then we don’t believe anything. Yes it’s a comfortable lead but we know how tough this league is. We beat Manchester United and in four days’ time we go away to Wolves, who are flying. That is an incredibly tough game. In a couple of weeks the table can change. It’s up to us to stay 100 per cent focused and not allow that to happen. If we do we’ll keep ticking off the games and hopefully get closer and closer

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson says Jordan Henderson has been different class for Liverpool this season] Hendo, for me, this season has been different class. He’s been one of, if not our best player this season. Sometimes over the years Hendo’s not got the credit that he deserves. But when you play with him, you train with him and see the way he acts off the field, it’s an absolute pleasure [for him] to be my captain and everyone’s captain. For us, he’s now getting the credit that he deserves and that’s what it’s all about for us because he’s getting the recognition that his performances deserve. His all-round play the past couple of months has been second to none and he’s really driving us forward to the position we are in now.

We are a team that don’t find excuses, we are a team that gets on with it. Are there some games you go in tired? Are there some games you go in with an injury when you are playing with pain? Of course there are. But like I’ve said, we are going for something that’s never been done before. We are playing for a club that is a fantastic club to play for. The fans are really enjoying it, we are all enjoying it, so why wouldn’t we put ourselves out there? Pain barrier or tiredness, it’s just about breaking through the barriers and it’s about just giving your all for the badge and for your teammates in there – and that’s what all of us are doing just now. Then we rest and maybe hobble about for a couple of days and then we go again. It’s a fantastic group of boys in there, an honest group who work so hard for each other and that’s why we are getting the results just now

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson believes that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson deserves Premier League Player of the Year award] For me, I think he’s the leading candidate [for player of the year]. At times this season when we’ve struggled Hendo has been the one that has driven us forward. He’s the one who has made sure we don’t get slack, or he has chipped in with some really important goals or really important assists

Maybe his performances at the start of the season went a little bit under the radar, but as the season has progressed he’s not really had a bad game. You really appreciate him when you train with him every day and in this country he’s not been appreciated enough in his character. He’s getting the recognition he deserves because he is a fantastic player, a fantastic role model and a fantastic captain. He’s driven us to three points at times this season when we’ve struggled

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson claims to be free of pain at Liverpool] For a few of us, definitely – people were maybe playing with knocks or injuries and it has given them a whole week to kind of clear them up. I know mine feels better, I feel closer to 100 per cent in terms of my body, which is always a positive. Being in training pain-free is always a nice thing, which maybe hasn’t happened in a couple of weeks leading up to that. To clear up any of that is a positive, for a week to just let your body recover. Hopefully we now have a strong finish to the season and we can see that the week was beneficial, and hopefully the results follow. But even if the worst-case scenario [with results], in terms of injuries it has managed to get some lads back fit, which is so important for us

To be honest, my body felt fine. I didn’t feel tired and it wasn’t tiredness. It was more the pain I was playing in at times. I pulled out of the Scotland squad in November with an injury and it probably continued on, then I took another knock on it and it probably got worse.

A lot of us play through pain at times, that’s part and parcel of being a footballer. You need to be out there on a Saturday if you can. Where there’s a will there’s a way. A lot of us have showed that at times.

For me, it was on my left foot, which is never the best. If it was on my right foot it probably wouldn’t even have been an injury. Being on your strong foot, it’s tough when you’re passing the ball and it’s sending pain up your leg.

It’s hopefully a thing of the past, there’s been time to clear that up. I don’t feel I needed a rest physically, I felt as if I could still run for 90 minutes and do it at a good level. Those stats, I’m happy with them. I like to play games, I get paid to play games and it probably shows I’ve been doing a couple of things right if I’ve played that many games! I’m happy with the amount of games I’ve played and hopefully that continues for the next two seasons and so on. But when you get a week off you’ve got to take it.

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson criticises Atletico Madrid players for ‘falling over’ as Liverpool lose in Madrid] The throw in before the corner should have gone to us so the officials made a mistake there, but their [goal from the] corner is just a ricochet. It was tight, but it was onside, and we gave them the best possible start to get their fans up and then they started falling over and trying to get under our skin, but we handled it well. They were falling over easy, but we got on with it and we are better than that. It was a decent performance, but we have a second leg to put it right

That [performance is] what [Simeone] is. When you’re not playing against him it is probably great to watch but we have no problem with it. They celebrated as if they had won the tie. But let’s see. We have some weeks then they come to Anfield. We know our fans will be there, so it is up to them to come as well

2020 02 19 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson felt the wild celebrations in the stands at full-time were premature given Liverpool’s impressive home record] We put in a decent performance and we know we can be better. We’ve got a second leg to put it right. They celebrated as if they won the tie after the game. They are coming to Anfield and we know our fans will be there. We gave them the best possible start and that get the fans behind them and then they start falling over and getting under the skin a bit

2020 02 23 Retrieve

[Robertson admits to regret over Messi clash in Miracle of Anfield: Maybe I went over the line] When I look back on things, I don’t really regret anything because I feel as if everything is experience that makes you what you are. But I do look back on that moment with Messi as one regret. I don’t like seeing it. When I saw it afterwards I was gutted.

We all had the attitude that day that nothing was standing in our way to get to that final and we created that atmosphere around the stadium - me and Fabinho were tracking him and there was a tangle of legs and we were on the floor. To do that to the greatest player that has ever played …

I have nothing but respect for him and Barcelona, but we went into that game with the attitude that we were 3-0 down, we needed a miracle, we needed something special and if that little thing stopped the best player in the world playing to his highest potential […] But I do regret it. That’s not me as a person. That’s not my personality. But that night a lot of things happened that you don’t really remember. There was no thought process behind it

We were right up for the game. The fans were roaring and you get caught up in it. You’re a human being. We were 3-0 down in the semi-final of the Champions League, which we wanted to put right from the season before. It was the loudest changing room I have been in before the game. You could see the focus and the determination in all of us and maybe I went over the line.

Liverpool fans like the edge, I think. I feel that maybe this whole team is quite good at representing Liverpool right now. Liverpool is a big working-class city. We go out and show hard work. We get beaten in games but what you can’t question is that every time we go out there, we give 100 per cent

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Andy Robertson tweaks a hamstring, but a welcome rest has him raring to go once more] The ankle has felt good since the winter break. Obviously that week off helped. Friday I felt my hamstring. Obviously I thought I was fine but I missed out [against Bournemouth] as a precaution and Millie [James Milner] got man of the match

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 08c Retrieve

[Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson has admitted that he would love to play for Celtic towards the end of his career if he is unable to retire at Anfield] 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 12 Retrieve

[Andrew Robertson wants to emulate James Milner by maintaining his current standards through to the age of 34] It’s going to be quite hard but I would love to be able to finish my career here. If I can keep my standards as high up to a James Milner type of age, I would be quite happy with that and call it a day then. I’d always said I would love to pull on the Celtic top to play; I obviously played for Dundee United, which I loved. Look, you never say never. You’re a long time retired, as they say, and I want to play as long as I can. If that’s finishing up in Scotland or at one point going up to Scotland, I’d be open to it. But my ideal situation is probably finishing and hopefully a couple more trophies at Liverpool

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 01b Retrieve

[Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson says Premier League return will give country a ‘big lift’] All the Premier League protocols that they’ve set out, the club has to adhere to them. They’ve been second to none - the staff in here have been a different class and they’ve made it a safe environment for us to come and train. For me when people’s normal jobs start going back to normal and people are getting told to get back to work, for us, I don’t think there’s a safer place we can be. We are following everything, the doctors are staying on top of everything. Look I can understand people being a bit nervous. People in our squad were nervous about it at the start. I don’t think they are now. They see how safe we are being and no stone is left unturned. That’s what we’ve got to do but different players from different clubs have different views on it. That’s something the Premier League are working on, to get everything spot on and to keep everyone happy. We’ve done really well so far, everyone keeping to the rooms and doing everything that we need to do. Then we can hopefully get football back on the telly as I think it can give people around this country a big lift

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Andrew Robertson on Virgil van Dijk] 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’s a fantastic leader, a fantastic guy

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

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Jordan Henderson has captained Liverpool to the title] When you play with him, you train with him and see the way he acts off the field, it’s an absolute pleasure for him to be our captain

2020 07 13 Retrieve

[Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has criticised recent VAR decisions in the Premier League and says it has put footballers in limbo] Over the last week, for me there has been four or five decisions that I think should have gone the other away, and I think many footballing people think they should have gone the other way too. I believe that the referees are relying on VAR, but then VAR isn’t overturning any decisions, so we are stuck in limbo. I’d prefer not to have it and just let the referee call it. If the referee called it, you’d say ‘OK, he’s seen it differently’. But the fact we have about 40 cameras and 40 different angles, I believe the decisions should be right

Obviously I’ve seen the video circulate since, and I shouldn’t have used the language that I did, but we were in a high-pressured game and emotions were on the line. I spoke to the referee and the officials in the tunnel after, and he explained what he thought he had seen - I respected that, not all referees do that - so fair play to him but I still thought he was in the wrong and that it was a penalty. That’s what we believe VAR was brought in to do [to change the decision]. For me, how that’s not a penalty, I still scratch my head over it