ROBBO: REDS’ TIME FOR TI­TLE

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - FROM DAVID McDON­NELL in Detroit

ANDY ROBERT­SON is con­vinced Liv­er­pool fi­nally have the squad to land their first league ti­tle for nearly 30 years.

Kop boss Jur­gen Klopp has gone on a £170mil­lion sum­mer spend­ing spree to turn Liv­er­pool into gen­uine ti­tle con­tenders.

And de­fender Robert­son, one of the stars of Liv­er­pool’s march to last sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal, reck­ons they now have a squad to com­pete with the very best for the big­gest ti­tles.

“Last sea­son, City just blew ev­ery­one away, re­ally,” said Robert­son (left). “Even if you see Manch­ester United’s points to­tal, usu­ally that’s not too far away from win­ning it. But, last sea­son, it was miles away be­cause of the way City had done it.

“The first part of the sea­son was cru­cial, and they were too far away from us from quite early on.

“But, hope­fully, the gaffer’s iden­ti­fied play­ers, who, he thinks, can come in and make a dif­fer­ence. There’s no doubt­ing their qual­ity.

“It’s al­ways good to get to know the new guys. There’s a bit of a lan­guage bar­rier with Naby (Keita) and Fabinho, but they’ve set­tled in re­ally well.

“Ob­vi­ously (Xherdan) Shaqiri and Alis­son will come in later, but I’m sure it’ll be the ex­act same with them. We look for­ward to play­ing with them, it gives cer­tain po­si­tions added com­pe­ti­tion, but that’s what we need.

“Last sea­son, we were do­ing well with in­juries, then it all sort of hit us at once. We strug­gled near the back end of last sea­son with that. This year, we’ve got a stronger squad and the com­pe­ti­tion is there.

“If there’s com­pe­ti­tion in train­ing, then the train­ing is in­tense then you have the pres­sure of a week­end where, if you don’t put in good per­for­mances, then your place is maybe up for grabs.”

Robert­son, signed from Hull for £8m last sum­mer, be­came Liv­er­pool’s first-choice left-back last sea­son af­ter an in­jury to Al­berto Moreno in De­cem­ber.

The 24-year-old kept his place for the rest of the sea­son, cul­mi­nat­ing in Liv­er­pool’s tough 3-1 Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal de­feat to Real Madrid in Kiev.

Robert­son ad­mit­ted it took a while to get over the de­feat.

“I didn’t speak to any­one for a while, to be hon­est,” he said.

“You put so much into the whole day, so much adren­a­line, and then you have a mas­sive come­down af­ter­wards. That hit me.

“I had to get through it. I went out with my dad and bought a bar­be­cue be­cause ev­ery­one was com­ing round.”

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