Beating runaway league leaders Manchester City in the Champions League quarter finals to advance to the semis for the first time in a decade makes for something of a memorable evening for Liverpool fans and players.
Certainly for left back Andy Robertson, who arrived at the club last summer in an £8M deal that didn’t get a whole lot of attention at the time, it was—the best night of his career, even. But he’s hoping that it doesn’t rank as that for very long.
“Getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League, as a boy you grow up watching these tournaments and you think what it’s like to play in it,” he said following the match. “We’ve just knocked out one of the best teams in Europe at the moment.
“Luckily we’ve managed to do that and we are in the semi-final. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to play in the games and lead this club back to a final—and hopefully a sixth Champions League!”
Liverpool will find out who they’ll face off against for a chance to get to the final on Friday when the draw for the semi finals is made, with Liverpool and Roma so far the two sides assured of a place in the next round.
They’re likely to be joined by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich later today, with both sides in the lead against Juventus and Sevilla respectively, but after yesterday, whoever it was, Liverpool will feel they can go toe-to-tow with them.
“The first half was tough going,” Robertson added. “We knew they were going to come out attacking and a couple of their chances could have gone in and if it did it could have been a different day, but we knew we couldn’t play worse than that.
“We defended well but we had to get the ball down and play our own game, and in the second half we managed to do that. Over the two legs I think we deserved it and we are in the semi-final.”