LAST weekend, Andrew Robertson was working himself into the hearts of 1000’s of Liverpool followers.
The Scottish left-back, named man of the match within the Four-Three thriller towards Manchester Metropolis, was excellent in maintaining Raheem Sterling in his pocket at Anfield.
His one-man Gegenpress drew roars from supporters as he sprinted at full pelt to shut down 4 Metropolis gamers.
Robertson has been a agency fan favorite wherever he is been, but it surely hasn’t been a straightforward street to the highest for the Glasgow-born defender.
He stated final yr: “Generally you do assume, ‘Bloody hell – I’ve come a good distance. What a journey’.
“Once you get the time, you replicate that you just’ve truly finished fairly nicely for your self. Now I’ve acquired to stay up for what’s in retailer for the following few years.”
His early knocks in soccer have seen him keep grounded.
Robertson, now a Scotland common, was lower by boyhood membership Celtic at 15 for being too small.
It was solely 5 years in the past he was incomes £18 weekly in journey bills from his subsequent membership Queen’s Park – getting more money by promoting pop live performance tickets at Hampden Park.
After making it at Dundee United, then Hull Metropolis, his first main buy as a Premier League participant noticed Robertson purchase his mother and father and brother a brand new home in Glasgow.
And for his 21st birthday, he requested company to donate cash to a meals financial institution relatively than purchase him a present.
Now he is reaping the rewards, beginning 9 of the final 11 video games for Jurgen Klopp’s males – a run that has seen the Reds go unbeaten.
He is been a revelation.
A teenaged Robertson wouldn’t imagine his present stature in soccer, though he reckons these early set backs have set him up nicely in the long term.
He stated being launched by Celtic was “a troublesome interval of my life.
“As a Celtic fan rising up, going to each sport and having a season ticket, it was robust.
“From what I’ve been instructed, my peak was an enormous issue.
“That was one man’s opinion, but it surely truly helped me in the long term.
“It perhaps took me a bit longer however, wanting again, it was most likely one of the best factor that occurred to me.”
It was Queen’s Park – then within the Scottish fourth tier – who provided him a profession lifeline, though he was initially reluctant to affix the beginner facet.
Robertson, now 5ft 10in however nonetheless slight of body, recalled: “I used to be on vacation with my household in Good once they referred to as.
“Over the telephone, at that age, Queen’s Park doesn’t actually attraction to you since you’ve simply performed for a large membership who’re worldwide recognized.
“However I took it with an open thoughts and as quickly as I went to coaching I needed to signal.”
After ending his A-Ranges, Robertson gambled by pushing aside college with a purpose to concentrate on soccer – although Queen’s Park did not pay him.
“I spoke to mum and pa and stated I might strive my greatest and if it didn’t work out I might do one thing else with my life,” he added.
“For he first three or 4 months I didn’t have a job and my mother and father needed to fund me.
“You didn’t get wages at Queen’s Park, you simply acquired journey bills – £6 for every journey, so £18 every week.
“It was simply sufficient to place within the petrol for the automobile me and my brother shared.”
That automobile was a Renault Clio – however they beforehand shared a Ford Focus earlier than Robertson wrote it off.
“That’s a sore level for my brother as a result of he cherished that automobile!
“It was truly fairly a nasty crash, however fortunately no person actually acquired harm.”
With coaching one evening every week, an 18-year-old Robertson discovered himself “sitting all day in the home”.
So it was then that he took up a full-time submit within the places of work at Hampden – Scotland’s nationwide stadium the place Queen’s Park play their residence video games.
He stated: “I acquired a job on the company facet of issues.
“I used to be on the telephones taking orders for the non-public bins for the massive occasions – concert events like Robbie Williams, in addition to cup finals and Scotland video games.
“I sorted out all their tickets and folks got here and picked up them.
“It was good for me as a result of it gave me a wage – even it was solely like £5 or £6 an hour.
“But it surely positively wasn’t one thing I needed to do for the long run.”
He did not need to, lastly turning into a full-time footballer when Dundee United signed him in the summertime of 2013 – taking part in at Hampden within the Scottish Cup remaining on the finish of that season.
In April 2014 he was named the Scottish younger participant of the yr and within the Scottish workforce of the yr.
He earned a transfer to Hull Metropolis, newly promoted to the Premier League, ultimately spending three seasons on Humberside.
Robertson proved himself a fan favorite with the Tigers for his constant performances for the yo-yo membership.
Six months into his spell at Hull, the defender made his first main buy – forking out on a brand new home for his mother and father and brother in Glasgow.
Or his 21st birthday, when he requested social gathering company to donate £5 or £10 to a meals financial institution relatively than give him presents.
Robertson stated: “It felt actually good shopping for a home for my household due to how a lot sacrifice all three of them made for me.
“I needed to pay them again by hopefully giving them a greater life.
“With my 21st, my view was that I didn’t actually need something – it might be pointless simply getting bottles of alcohol.
“And the meals financial institution had been very appreciative of the donations.
“Seeing their faces after I handed them the cheque was higher for me than getting presents.”
Purchased for £10million from Hull Metropolis in the summertime, Robertson, who now has 20 Scotland caps, initially struggled to interrupt into the Liverpool first-team.
Jurgen Klopp endured with Alberto Moreno and the Spaniard began off in respectable kind.
Robertson performed simply three matches in Liverpool’s first 22 video games – he had performed extra video games for Scotland than the Reds in the beginning of December.
In November, Robertson admitted he had discovered the beginning of his Liverpool profession “irritating” and “hated” not taking part in.
There was even gossip that Robertson could also be offered in January.
However Klopp ultimately misplaced persistence with Moreno, the Spaniard nonetheless dogged by lapses in focus at essential occasions.
Robertson acquired his likelihood in the beginning of December and has not regarded again.
At Anfield on Sunday, Robertson heard Liverpool followers singing his identify on the high of their voices.
“It was unbelievable… it provides you goosebumps.”