Andy Robertson, the Liverpool defender, may be the player who has the most reason to be proud of winning the club’s 19th championship title. Just eight years ago, he wore the jersey of his local third-division team, Queen’s Park, playing in front of 200–300 spectators. Now, he celebrates with over half a million fans.
However, Robertson’s journey with “The Reds” has been far from easy. In fact, his entire football career has been a challenging one, marked by hard work and unwavering determination. These qualities quickly caught the attention of others on the field.
Released from Celtic‘s academy during his youth due to his delicate physique, he joined amateur side Queen’s Park. Financial difficulties meant they couldn’t initially pay him, so Robertson had to balance football with work for the Scottish Football Association. At one point, he even expressed his frustration on Twitter, highlighting the hardships of his age when money was scarce.
Robertson’s dream of a football career was nearly abandoned as he contemplated enrolling in university. However, fate intervened when he was called up to Queen’s Park’s first team. Making an impression with his attitude, resolve, and skills, he earned a transfer to Dundee United, where he swiftly adapted to the higher level and became an invaluable asset.
His performances at Dundee United caught the attention of the Scottish Football Association once again, this time for national team duty. Robertson established himself rapidly, displaying leadership qualities and a willingness to give his all. Subsequently, Hull City in the English Premier League expressed interest and secured his services for a fee of around £3 million.
At Hull City, Robertson assumed a leadership role, helping the team regain promotion to the top flight. Despite suffering relegation in the following season, he caught the eye of Liverpool, who saw him as a capable replacement for the underwhelming Alberto Moreno. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, often criticized for the team’s defensive weaknesses, recognized Robertson’s potential and signed him for a reasonable £8 million.
In a short time, Robertson emerged as one of the world’s top left-backs, earning praise from Scotland national team manager Alex McLeish, who cited him as an inspiration for young players facing doubters. Robertson’s relentless efforts paid off when he won the Champions League and the Premier League title as a testament to his remarkable journey.