It can be a dangerous thing, reading too much into any player’s statements of loyalty. After all, almost every professional footballer has at some point talked up how much he loves the club he’s at; said there’s no place he’d rather be.
Still, right now at least there are few better places any player could be than Liverpool FC, and so when left back Andrew Robertson says he’d like to stick around until one day retiring in Red, we’re inclined to take him at face value.
“My ideal situation just now is to retire at Liverpool,” the 26-year-old told BT Sport this week when asked if he could see himself perhaps heading back to Scotland, one day and down the road, in the final years of his playing career.
“It’s going to be quite hard but I would love to be able to finish my career here,” he continued. “If I can keep my standards as high up to a James Milner type of age, I would be quite happy with that and call it a day then.”
Milner, who turned 34 in January and doesn’t seem to be quite ready to give up on top level football himself, is certainly the gold standard when it comes to player longevity—in this Liverpool squad and perhaps all of the Premier League.
As an example of what a player can do if he focuses on his fitness, Milner is a hard example to beat. And if Robertson comes anything close to Milner’s longevity, the day for questions about his future is an awfully long ways off.
“You’re a long time retired and I want to play as long as I can,” Roberson added. “If it finishing up in Scotland I’d be open to it, but my ideal situation is probably finishing and hopefully a couple more trophies at Liverpool.”