Great news came last week that Andy Robertson has renewed his Liverpool contract to keep him at the club until 2024. The swashbuckling left centre back has really impressed since his breakthrough into the first team last season and is now considered to be one of the finest left backs in the country and one of the first names down on the team sheet.
The 24 year old Scotland captain not so long ago was playing in front of 250 fans in Scotland as Queen’s Park lost 2-0 to Annan in a League Two fixture, now has over 40 first team appearances for Liverpool, having replaced Alberto Moreno in the left back position. His meteoric rise has somewhat been overshadowed by the signing of Virgil van Dijk but he’s become a vital cog in the revolution of the Liverpool defence, which this season is one of the meanest defence in the Premier League. Kenny Dalglish had him earmarked as a future Scotland captain and was duly given this role last September by Scotland national manager, Alex McLeish. Not bad going for a player that cost £8 million from Hull City.
The player has embraced life on Merseyside and is a natural fit into the team and is a fan’s favourite with his galloping runs down the wing and his lethal crossing of the ball. He endeared himself further into Anfield forklore with a beautiful gesture of giving a young fan a signed jersey by fellow teammate, Roberto Firmino and a personal letter from himself to the young fan after he’d heard that the youngster had donated his pocket money to a local food bank.
It was something of a puzzle as to why other senior players were getting renewed contracts and Robertson’s remained the same but now he’s been rewarded with one what reflects his importance and impact to the team. Comparisons have been made of Robertson to fellow Scot and former Liverpool legend and left back, Steve Nicol. In an exclusive quote to the Anfield Talk in a previous article I’d written about the emergence of Andy Robertson, the Liverpool legend said:
“He has grown in confidence because he now feels like he belongs, when you join Liverpool part of the problem is feeling you belong, when you get over that hurdle you can then show what you have as a player.”
With a regular position in the team cemented, the new contract and with the arrival of his first child, Rocco in August of 2017 with his partner it’s fair to say the player is putting roots down in Merseyside and is here for the long haul. A inspirational story of how dreams do indeed come true.