‘Spoke to me yesterday’: Andy Robertson shares Jurgen Klopp’s message for him after four months out injured
Andy Robertson started his first Liverpool game since October today as the Reds brushed Burnley aside.
Having dislocated his shoulder playing for Scotland on October 12th, Robertson’s last start for Liverpool came four days earlier, on the eighth.
The 29-year-old has featured in the last three games for the Reds, but all have been from the bench. Today, with illness and injury ravaging the squad a little, Robertson went from the start and lasted virtually the full game.
And speaking to LFCTV after the match, the Scotland captain admitted that Jurgen Klopp had had little choice but to throw him back in.
“Loved it today,” Robertson smiled. “The gaffer [Klopp] spoke to me yesterday and just said ‘we don’t have many options, just try and forget you’ve been out for four months!’ I suppose it’s easy for him to say! But that was my mentality when I woke up this morning. I just thought forget about it, it will try and click back into gear.
“I thought it did, I had rhythm, I was up and down like usual, trying to help Lucho on the overlap and things like that and got involved in the game.”
Robertson properly back
After a couple of substitute appearances, it felt as though Robertson was still feeling his way back to match fitness.
In fairness, Joe Gomez hasn’t done an awful lot wrong while filling in recently and deserved to start ahead of Robbo anyway. But with Gomez unfortunately ill today, the door was open for the former Hull City left-back to come back in.
Regardless of how he played today, that’s good news for Liverpool. Throughout their successes under Klopp, Robertson has barely missed a game.
If it’s an important match, then the Scot is on the team sheet every time. Still in his prime, the Reds are a better team for having him in it.
Today was always going to be a potential outlier to that. It’s difficult to spend so long out of a team and slot straight back in. Although it’s good to hear that Robertson was pleased with his display, we actually thought he looked a little rusty.
Nevertheless, as we start to approach the final leg of the season, minutes in Robbo’s legs can only be a good thing. Getting back up to speed only comes with time out on the pitch. He got that today and will go again next week at Brentford, too.
From there, hopefully we can see the Robertson we all know and love return for the run in.
Today was the first real step back for Robbo. It wasn’t without its hitches, but by and large it went well. Much more to come.