Andrew Robertson urges Liverpool to become serial winners after Champions League victory

Updated: 22/03/2023


Andrew Robertson has challenged his Liverpool teammates to emulate the Kop kings of old by becoming serial winners.

The left back will not be content with their Champions League success in May – and wants more trophies to reflect upon when he retires.

From 1975 until their last top-flight championship in 1990, Liverpool claimed 21 major trophies – including 10 league titles and four European Cups – and Robertson says the club’s sixth European triumph has spurred the current crop to pursue greater glory.

“The day we came back it wore off for us,” said the 25-year-old. “We had to do our American tour, and our owners wanted to do some things with the cup which was great, but, for us, the first day we came back it’s really forgotten about until we retire.

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“Then we can sit back and say, ‘OK, we won the Champions League’, that’s a real achievement in a career.

“But honestly, the focus now needs to be on winning more trophies, because that Champions League is now in the past.

“We don’t want to be the team that only won one trophy. Of course it’s a big one, but we want to be a team that wins a host of trophies.

‘We are a long way off that, but we need to kick on this season and get another one under our belts.”

Hungry for more

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during a training session, 1 August 2019 (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during a training session, 1 August 2019 (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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The Reds gained their first win in five pre-season games on Wednesday by beating Lyon 3-1 in Geneva, a welcome fillip before Sunday’s Community Shield meeting with Manchester City, the side who pipped them to the Premier League title last season by a single point.

Having lost Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno, Liverpool have not made a big summer signing, instead bringing in youngsters Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg.

But, with Mohamed Salah staying and more expected of last summer’s big-money buys Fabinho and Naby Keita, Robertson added: “The same got said about Tottenham last season, that they wouldn’t kick on without signings, but they went on and had a more successful season.

“For us, the most important thing was keeping all our players, and we’ve managed to do that. Of course we lost a couple who were out of contract, but the others have all stayed together, and that’s a big thing.

“It’s about sticking together and getting even more familiar with each other. Then, this season, I am sure it will be a good one. It’s about showing it now.”

Continued success

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“We’ve had players that have been in their first seasons – Keita and Fabinho their first season is over now and they’ve settled in, so I’m sure they will be looking to kick on and so will everyone else.

“This is a competitive squad. You look, and we have options all over. We are not worried at all.

“We know how hard this season is going to be, but it’s one we look forward to, and one that we need to build on for the coming season.”

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The absence of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane has affected Liverpool’s results in pre-season and Robertson added: “The forwards, the three of them are massive characters, not only world-class footballers, but massive characters in the squad. It will make a big difference having them around.

“It’s pre-season, there is certainly a lot we can look at and work on, that’s what it’s about. It’s about trying to get ready.”

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