Liverpool‘s left-back impressed on international duty with Scotland and now has his sights set on gaining a regular spot at Anfield.
Fresh from becoming the first Liverpool goalscorer for Scotland in a competitive game since Kenny Dalglish, Robertson has turned his attentions to club football.
Having been rotated in and out with Alberto Moreno in the early weeks of the season, there looks set to be as tumultuous a battle for left-back as there is on the right with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.
It bodes well for the Reds, with competition naturally ensuring better performances more regularly, and Robertson knows he’ll have to perform in training to get frequent game time.
“It’s going to tough to nail down that left-back spot but the gaffer has made it quite clear with the amount of games we have there is going to be rotation,” Robertson told the Scotsman.
“Even at this stage of the season, there have been two or three changes for every game. You have to be part of that, even if you don’t want to be sitting in the stand.
“The lads put in a good performance, so it will be hard to get in the starting XI but I will be going down to Man City and, hopefully, I will be in the manager’s thoughts.”
Only at Anfield a short while, Robertson has had to come to terms with a big step up in expectations, team-mate quality and the demands from the manager—who he clearly already holds in high regard along with the rest of the squad.
“Jurgen Klopp has been different class. He’s been brilliant with me. He has a laugh and a joke in the dressing room but he knows all the lads will fight for him.
“The lads all love him and he’s a very good manager. I’m confident I will improve under him and the coaching staff.”
Robertson’s time on international duty with Scotland was, strangely, aided by England.
And Robertson noted the quirk before acknowledging that all attention now turns to club matters.
“Obviously it’s a bit of a joke that no Scottish person wants England to win but they did their job, which we needed them to do. When I go back down I will be thanking the England boys at Liverpool for helping put it back into our hands.
“It was good to get two 90 minutes under my belt this week and good performances as a team and personally. It will now be about going back down and preparing for a massive game against Man City.”
With immense competition in both full-back berths this season, the wide areas of defence have once more become a point of strength for the Reds.
Even if he doesn’t start this weekend, Robertson has quickly shown enough to suggest he’ll be a more than positive addition over the coming weeks and months as Liverpool fight on all fronts.