Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has opened up regarding the minor details that go unseen behind the cameras after admitting he has been playing through the pain barrier for months and feels the winter break has helped him get back towards being injury-free.
Robertson, 25, once again has been a showpiece regarding Liverpool’s unwavering consistency with the Scotland captain ever-present in every Premier League match under Jurgen Klopp this season.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Hull City defender spoke about the injury problem which kept him out of the Scotland squad in November and recalls the pain that had built up before the winter break.
“I feel closer to 100 per cent in terms of my body, which is always a positive. Training pain-free is always nice, which maybe hasn’t happened in a couple of weeks. The pain I was playing in at times; it continued on, then I took another knock on it and it got worse. A lot of us play through pain at times. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
“It was on my left foot, which is never the best. If it was on my right foot it probably wouldn’t even have been an injury. Being on your strong foot, it’s tough when you’re passing the ball and it’s sending pain up your leg. It’s hopefully a thing of the past, there’s been time to clear that up.”
What RTK has to say
Robertson’s relentless mentality is one of many reasons why the Reds are reigning supreme in the top-flight this season.
The Scotsman’s never-say-die attitude has stemmed from Klopp’s infectious mentality and is why Liverpool are in a rich run of form that is unprecedented in the history of English football.
Liverpool’s unrivalled dominance has seen them win 24 of their 25 league games this season. It is the strongest start seen not only in the Premier League era but in top-flight history across England, France, Germany, Italy or Spain. With more than a third of the season to go, they have already racked up two more league wins than Manchester United’s treble-winning team of 1999.
Robertson and Liverpool are even on course to emulate Arsenal’s 2003-04 feat by going unbeaten for an entire Premier League season. Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ are currently just 17 points shy of Wenger’s champions 16 years ago despite having played 13 matches less.
In order to replicate that “Invincibles” campaign perfectly, Liverpool would have to slow down considerably, drawing 11 and winning just two of their final 13 games.