Since the earliest days of the club, Liverpool have had a strong tradition of achieving great things with Scottish players playing integral roles in the squad. Without a doubt, the most integral Scottish player has to be “King” Sir Kenny Dalglish (sorry, still confused, does the “Sir” come before or after the “King?”), leading the club to greatness both as a player and manager.
Dalglish is back in the spotlight, with comments about fellow Scot (who, hopefully, will be integral to Liverpool achieving great things this season), Andrew Robertson.
“For Andy to be where he was just seven years ago – when he was let go by Celtic – to where he is now, is a classic example to any young footballer that you should never give up and never stop believing,” King Kenny said in an interview with The Echo.
“Indeed, to young players up and down the UK who are freed every year by the big clubs, Andy is a role model.”
Of course, these comments are off the back of Robbo’s contract extension. When he was brought in to be Alberto Moreno’s understudy (let that sink in for a moment) for £8 million from relegated Hull City, it was difficult to image Robertson becoming an integral week-in and week-out starter for the club, let alone signing a contract extension a year and a half later.
To say the least, he has proven his worth to the club and the supporters.
“He has displayed just what can be achieved by hard work, perseverance and dedication. His level of consistency has been reflected in this new deal.
“I have to admit I’m delighted to see him commit his future to Liverpool. For me, there are few, if any, better than him in his position.”
It is strong praise from the most well regarded of sources.
Incredibly, Robertson is still only 24-years-old. He has improved by leaps and bounds under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp, and it feels like he really could become one of the world’s best if his upward trajectory continues. Of course, he has a ways to go before reaching King Kenny’s 6 league titles for Liverpool (as a player, 2 more as manager), and 3 European Cups. He better get started on those first two titles this year if he wants to catch up.