Andy Robertson reveals that Kenny Dalglish has been ‘different classes’ to help him settle in Liverpool
The remarkable story of Andy Robertson’s adventures in Liverpool could easily be titled: The King and I.
Taken under the wings of none other than Sir Kenny Dalglish when he arrived in the city three years ago, the captain of Scotland thanks the legend known as ‘King Kenny’ for helping him to live on Facilitate Anfield.
After a short training period, Robertson duly embarked on an incredible journey that saw him in Dalglish’s famous footsteps when Jurgen Klopp’s side conquered Europe, and later added the European Super Cup and Club World Cup to the 2019 Champions League win.
Andy Robertson revealed the tremendous help Kenny Dalglish has been during his time with Liverpool
Still, it was necessary to see the raw emotion on the face of the Cup idol last month as Liverpool was crowned England’s champion for Robertson for the first time since 1990 to fully realize the sheer magnitude of what his team had just accomplished .
Dalglish came on BT Sport was followed by tears from Klopp and team captain Jordan Henderson on an emotional night on Merseyside.
For Robertson, the challenge now is to keep the trophies going, just like in Dalglish’s own sacred heyday.
Former Reds player and manager Dalglish was someone for Robertson to head to
“That The King is emotional means we did something pretty good,” smiled Robertson. “He was brought up here as a player and manager and was used to success – winning league titles and the Champions League year after year.
“To let this club go for 30 years without winning the league, we had to change. That’s why people were more emotional than usual. We had quite a bit of wet eyes in the little party we had (after losing Manchester City to Chelsea confirmed the Anfield title win on June 25).
“When you play for Liverpool, winning just means so much. I hope we don’t have to wait 30 years for the next one. Hopefully winning the competition will return to normal for Liverpool. ‘
After a £ 8 million deal from Hull City in July 2017, former left back Queen’s Park and Dundee United were personally greeted by Dalglish on Liverpool’s training ground.
A friendship developed with a man who was idolized by Robertson’s father and grandfather. Those three older men would come together to toast the feats of Robertson and his team after Liverpool’s incredible comeback win in the Champions League last season last season.
Left-back Robertson was a key member of the Liverpool cup winner
After losing 3-0 to the Nou Camp, Klopp’s side won 4-0 to Anfield to advance to the final against Tottenham, which they won 2-0 in Madrid.
“From the time I signed, Sir Kenny was a different class,” Robertson told Kris Boyd and Robert Snodgrass on The Lockdown Tactics podcast.
“He and his wife, Marina, were exceptional with me and my family, whether in our house or everything we needed.
“You know that such a legend doesn’t have to be, because he has enough on his plate. But he has been so crucial to me.
“I spoke to him about Liverpool and I spoke to him about Scotland and he is someone I have been able to turn to. Not many people can say they can turn to Kenny Dalglish for advice.
Robertson admits that in the past, 69-year-old Dalglish was both his father’s and grandfather’s hero
“Kenny was the hero of my dad and grandpa and I remember when we beat Barcelona in the Champions League my dad and grandpa were in the game. He came in the box to say hello to my grandfather. He is 89 and he will never forget that.
“He had a red wine with my grandfather and we’ll never forget that. It was quite emotional for a family like us.
“These are things he doesn’t have to do, but does his utmost. That’s the difference with him. And I also tried to help him. When he got coronavirus (in April), I think everyone was concerned, including me.
“Kenny got through well, but at that point it might have been when I turned around and I was willing to do anything for him and his family, just like he had done for me since I arrived in Liverpool.”
Passing Celtic as a teenager, Robertson has often talked about returning to Parkhead to represent the team he grew up with.
But he is so satisfied with his fate at Anfield that he prays that he can be a Liverpool player for life.
Celtic fan Robertson now hopes that after recent success, he can be a Liverpool player for life
He said, “If you asked me when I played for Hull if I wanted to go back and play for Celtic, I would have said I wanted to play 100 percent for my youth club.
“But now I have found my home in Liverpool and I like to play for this club. If I could retire in Liverpool, I would take your hand off it now. Playing at this club is great. Playing for fans every two weeks at Anfield is incredible.
‘When I was younger I wanted to play for Celtic and give my best years to Celtic. I didn’t want to hang around and go there at 33 or 34 when I knew my best years were over.
“Maybe I should think about it at some point. I still follow Celtic and they still have a place in my heart.
It would be hard to say ‘no’, but if I had the option to retire in Liverpool I would take your hand off it – and I would probably sign the contract now. ‘
The Scot (L) scored a great header on Saturday in the league against Burnley at Anfield
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