As soon as the final whistle sounded at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea beat Manchester City, Liverpool were crowned champion for the first time in 30 years.
The unsung hero Andy Robertson then immediately appeared on LFCTV via a Zoom call – welcoming the mentality of Jurgen Klopp’s incredible team and warning them that they were ready to accept the challenge of dominating for years to come.
It is easy to understand why the Scottish left-back is so desperate to hold on to this feeling of victory.
After all, it was the same Robertson, 26, who, when he started the match with Queen’s Park, moaned that life was “garbage” and that he lived only on an apprenticeship wage in his country native.
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But his steady climb, settling in Dundee United, winning the SPFA Young Player of the Year title and entering the international arena in his first season, showed his hunger and desire.
Now he is one of the first names on the Liverpool scoresheet, famous for his cape races and crosses, as much as he is for keeping wingers at bay.
And few would have predicted that Robertson would become one of the best left-backs in the world after his first day of training with the new Premier League champions in 2017. Here’s his epic climb.
MODERN LIFE IS RIBBONS
Born in Glasgow as a Celtic fan, Robertson was introduced to football by his father Brian, who played at an amateur level, but was restrained by a spinal injury which forced him to wear a back brace.
Former footballers, including Charlie Nicholas and Jim Duffy, were family friends, and he would hear stories of their own football legacies that drove him to create his own.
However, that seemed far away after his release by Celtic at the age of 15, as he was deemed too small.
He concentrated on his studies and left St Ninian High School in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire with grades decent enough to be accepted for an undergraduate degree at university.
Robertson was on the books at Queen’s Park, and just as he thought he should follow a more academic path, he made his debut in the first team.
In a remarkable first season with the Scottish third division team, he had 43 appearances in all competitions, but despite that, life was not all rosy.
‘NEED A JOB’
Despite the resumption of his football career, Robertson was still convinced that he needed to find a job.
Now earning £ 2.6 million a year at Anfield, in 2012 he was experiencing financial difficulties.
And at 18, when you have kids on your side and you want to do everything and anything, he couldn’t help complaining about a lack of money to waste.
He went to Twitter and wrote, “Life at this age is #needajob cashless junk.”
The Scotsman paid his travel expenses only at Queen’s Park.
He will later take up work on the crates of Marks and Spencer in Glasgow and will also work in Hampden Park for the Scottish FA.
He once showed the former Man City captain, Vincent Kompany, where he should sit.
“I once showed Vincent Kompany his seat,” Robertson told the Guardian.
“Scotland played against Belgium and I was told to show [the injured] Kompany at his headquarters and give him a schedule. “
Robertson even worked in the lingerie department of M&S.
He said, “I was at the checkout at M&S. My friends got discounts on Percy Pigs, so they were thrilled. I was only 17, 18 years old.
“I actually worked a few shifts on women’s lingerie. They were understaffed and I was thrown up there. You are just talking s ** t and I hope they will buy it. “
An impressive season later in the third tier of Scotland, Dundee United, the Scottish Premiership club, signed it.
There was no longer any need for work, it was her vocation.
A WONDER OF THE SEASON
Under the watchful eye of manager Jackie McNamara, a regular back in his day with Robertson’s childhood club, Celtic, the young hope began to thrive.
Immediately, he was propelled into the first team by his boss, who implicitly trusted him.
And he rewarded that belief with a dizzying goal against Motherwell in the months following his arrival – running his own half, before sending a 20-meter drive into the background with his magical left foot.
Again a regular on the first team, Robertson played 44 games in all competitions, scoring five times and became a fan favorite.
He received the SPFA Young Player of the Year award in 2014 and was named to the PFA Scotland team of the year.
Robertson also made his international debut in a friendly match against Poland by manager Gordon Strachan.
Subsequently, Strachan purred: “Andy came there and the first time he picked it up, he walked about 30 meters.
“I thought it was fantastic. Absolutely no gray area, I will do what I do. I loved seeing that first touch. “
IN ENGLAND AND THE EXISTENCE OF A MILLIONAIRE
In the summer of 2014, Dundee United accepted an offer from Hull City for 2.85 million pounds sterling for its star defender.
Ironically, as fate would have it, Hull’s chief scout, Stan Ternent, was watching another player before being seduced by Robertson.
Ternent revealed: “I had watched Stuart Armstrong (now in Southampton) but (Robertson) was not a no-brainer … he had a history with Celtic and he was still a determined boy considering the way he s was recovered from his setbacks.
“You could see immediately that he had abilities and he can only improve.”
Robertson quickly moved to East Riding, winning the club player of the month award in his first month.
He made 24 appearances in his first season, but could not save them from relegation.
Other players left the ship, but feeling a sense of loyalty to his employers, Robertson stayed with Hull in the championship, and he helped them bounce back in the Premier League in 2016.
In search of cover for Alberto Moreno, Liverpool signed Robertson for an initial £ 8 million in 2017.
Switching to a team with such an international pedigree, the newcomer could have been forgiven for feeling intimidated and nervous.
And unfortunately for Robertson, it didn’t help that he vomited during his first training session in front of his new teammates – earning an unflattering nickname with Klopp.
“I remember the first day when we were only six or seven because the guys were still in the preseason,” said Robertson.
“We had to do this lactate test, which the Germans love, where you have to run as hard as you can.
“They put poles all around the field and you have to make each pole on the whistle.
“It is getting faster and faster and faster. It is similar to the beep test, but it is much more difficult and faster.
“I remember running alongside Danny Ings and I was sick everywhere. I tried to hold it back but I had to let it go and it was terrible. Day one.
“Fortunately, the gaffer was not there and I thought I would get out of it.
“They came back three days later and he called me Mr. Sick Boy. I was emptied. “
This article was originally published by The sun and reproduced with permission.