As speculation continues to swirl over the two big transfer targets, Liverpool quietly completed an important piece of business in the window: signing a left-footed leftback, at a bargain basement deal, no less.
In his first interview with the club, Andrew Robertson spoke about his experience signing with Liverpool, and his goals going forward.
“A wee bit surreal just now,” Robertson said, Scottishness fully on display. “Obviously I’m delighted. There’s been a lot of speculation over the last couple of weeks but I’m glad that the deal’s finally been done and I’m a Liverpool player.”
“They brought me the training kit while I was getting my heart scan and I think that was when it really hit home. You finally see the colours and the crest and you think ‘that’s the club that I’m now representing’. It was a special moment for me and I just can’t wait to wear the shirt now.”
The massive gulf in size and quality between his former club, Hull City, and new club is readily apparent to Robertson. However, he is not letting that difference scare him, and is determined to force his way into the starting XI. His Twitter game is already attempting to displace James Milner ahead of him.
“I want to be a starting XI player at Liverpool. I don’t want to come here and think I’ll just be happy on the bench or I’ll just be happy being in a 25-man squad. That’s not the type of person I am, I want to play. I know it’s going to be hard work, the hardest work I’ve ever done, but I’m up for the challenge and it’s hopefully one I can succeed in.”
As if Liverpool as a club were not a big enough draw for Robertson—especially over a recently relegated Hull City—there was another factor to consider: playing for Jürgen Norbert Klopp.
“Everyone can see just from watching him on the sidelines that he’s so passionate and he gives the fans a lift and the players a lift. That’s a manager you want to play under and I’m no different to that, I like being passionate and trying to get everyone going. I want to play under him and I’m sure we’ll get on well and I’m looking forward to meeting him first and then playing under him.”
Looks like someone is ready for their first Klopp hug. Welcome to Liverpool, Andy, we hope you’ll be a Wijnaldum kind of diamond-in-the-rough.