During an interview, Andy Robertson was read a quote from Jürgen Klopp regarding his character. The defender, who hadn’t heard Klopp’s comments, was clearly flattered by his boss’s praise.
When asked about Robertson’s confidence, Klopp said, “What he’s not is the type of character who wakes up, looks in the mirror and says, ‘Look at me, I’m Andrew Robertson...’ He doesn’t live like that. There’s no arrogance to him, none at all. He’s just a well-educated, well brought-up boy and he comes from Scotland, all of which is good enough for me.”
No arrogance? Well brought up? Spoken like a man who had never seen Robbo throw down over picking the best tea biscuits. We’ll forgive Klopp his ignorance, however, and focus on the appreciation that he has for his players.
Robertson enjoyed the compliment and issued one in return.
“I don’t think I’ve heard this quote, but it’s one that gets me,” he said. “For a manager, who I think is the best in the world at the minute, for him to say that about me is really nice. That’s what I try to be.
“He’s the father figure of this training ground, this group of boys, and he’s here for us in every way, whether on the pitch or off the pitch. That’s why we’re so successful just now, it’s down to him, and long may that continue.
“I know it’s a work thing, and he’s my manager, but we’re more than that, we’re a family here and that’s why we’ve been so successful.”
The 26-year-old is well on his way to cult status for Liverpool fans. His arrival in 2017 filled a hole in the team and helped reshape the team in Klopp’s image. It’s no surprise, then, that the boss has a special place in his heart for his trusty, indefatigable left-back.