ROBBO: REDS’ TIME FOR TITLE
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.”