Andy Robertson is a folk hero among the Liverpool fans for his work ethic, determination and quality on the ball—and there’s more improvement to come.
The Scotland captain had another stellar campaign overall with the Reds, building on the second half of 17/18 by locking down the left-back spot and racking up 11 Premier League assists.
Even that fantastic haul wasn’t enough to see him win a friendly bet with fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold over who would set up most goals—so perhaps that’s the incentive behind the 25-year-old’s declaration that he can yet improve further.
“I think I’ve been good but I can always be better. That’s the way I’ve always worked,” he said.
“I’ll never praise myself because I think there’s always improvement to be made.
“Even when I have a good game, you can still do things better. I’ve had a good season but I still have a lot of improvement to make and hopefully I can show that in the following seasons.”
The left-back praised those who play infield of him, highlighting “different class” Joe Gomez earlier on in the campaign and the performance level of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren filling in for him—but reserved special praise for one man.
Unsurprisingly, the leader of the back line is the key in Robertson’s eyes, with Virgil van Dijk ending the season champion of Europe, PFA Player of the Year and in the running for the Ballon d’Or.
And it’s not just when the whistle goes that the Dutchman’s presence is felt, either.
“[Van Dijk] brings everything, in my opinion. He is one of the leaders in the changing room now, he is vocal. He is a lovely person off the pitch. He has been so crucial to what we do.
“The central partnerships have been really good this season. Virgil takes all the plaudits but rightly so – he has been on a different level to anyone this season. What he brings on and off the pitch is special.”
The admiration for the No. 4 is plain to see, and coming from the man who plays closest to him in this special Liverpool side, it’s high praise indeed.
Bring on next season and let’s get them back alongside each other for another title tilt!