Andy Robertson’s career trajectory — from the Scottish third division with Queen’s Park FC to playing for Liverpool in a Champions League final and now captaining the Scotland National Team in five years — is exceptional. The combination of hard work and natural talent it took to elevate Robertson to the pinnacle of professional football makes for an entertaining and inspiring story. It’s also getting tiresome for the 24-year-old to talk about.
“It can be a wee bit annoying, of course it can,” he admitted. “People keep bringing it up, but it is a past I’m proud of. It gets brought up every time I do anything.
“It’s not something I’m bored of talking about, but it is hard to give positive answers all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved every club I’ve played for, but the end of my career will be the time to talk about it. I’m always one to look forward, never behind. Everyone brings up my story. There are times when I like talking about it, but for me it is about the next five years, not the last five years.
“I can’t change it, but where I am today I’m comfortable in my role playing at Liverpool and playing for a great club.”
Robertson has been one of the Liverpool transfer committee and manager Jürgen Klopp’s greatest discoveries. In fact, it could be argued that the £8 million deal to bring him to Anfield from Hull City last summer was the best pound-for-value ratio transfer of Klopp’s tenure — especially considering how badly Liverpool needed another left-back option.
Robertson says that he wants to focus on the next five years instead of the last five. And as inspiring as the previous five were, with the performances he’s put in so far this season, and the excellent run of form that the Reds are on, his next five have the chance of being even more impressive.