Liverpool fan favorite Andy Robertson has earned a place in Kopites hearts long ago for his engagement every time he puts on that red shirt.
The left-back joined Jurgen Klopp’s revolution from Hull City for just £ 8million in 2017, and has since established himself as one of the first names on the squad sheet playing a vital role in the recent success for Liverpool.
And on the pitch, he doesn’t care whether it’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi he faces, he won’t take any prisoners. He is certainly not impressed with the reputation.
With Liverpool 3-0 in the first half and on their way to a 5-0 victory over fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo was bizarrely sent off at Curtis Jones.
Robertson was the first to jump in his teammate’s defense, giving Ronaldo a gripe before Virgil van Dijk stepped in with a shoulder barge.
The Scotsman then pushed Bruno Fernades, leaving him and Fred to be looked after by teammate Ibrahima Konate.
Robertson, 27, ruffled Messi’s feathers during Liverpool’s epic 4-0 comeback to Barcelona in 2019 after losing 3-0 in the first leg.
The Reds advanced from the semi-final at Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid and winning their sixth European Cup, but the tone was set early on when Robertson and Messi met.
Robertson was following the Argentinian who charged towards Liverpool’s goal, and Messi was knocked down by a brutal tackle from midfielder Fabinho.
They both ended up in a pile on the floor with their left backs on their feet and tousling the Barcelona star’s hair as he sat on the floor.
The pair had a disagreement off the ball shortly after, with captain Jordan Henderson and the referee having to step in as Messi reproduced the push.
But it didn’t take long for Divock Origi to mark Liverpool’s opener, with one of Anfield’s most intense nights in history.
However, Robertson then regretted the moment, saying it was the only part of the game he didn’t like looking back.
“I think back to that moment with Messi as a regret. I don’t like to see him. When I saw him afterwards, I was emptied,” he said.
“We all had the attitude that day that nothing was stopping us from getting to this final and we created that atmosphere around the stadium and me and Fabinho were following him and there was a tangle of legs and we were on the ground. Do that to the greatest player who has ever played… ”
“I only have respect for him and Barcelona, but we entered this game with the attitude that we were 3-0, we needed a miracle, we needed something special and if this little thing was preventing the best player in the world from playing at his highest potential.
“But I regret it. It’s not me as a person. It’s not my personality. But that night, a lot of things happened that you don’t really remember.
It remains to be seen whether Robertson will apologize to Ronaldo for expelling 20-year-old Curtis Jones.