If it wasn’t for Mohamed Salah scoring 44 goals this season and having an incredible debut season at Liverpool, Andy Robertson may well have been dubbed as the ‘Signing of the Season’ both at the club and in the entire Premier League.
The Scot signed for the Reds from Hull City for an initial £8 million last summer, the same amount Kevin Stewart’s move in the opposite direction could end up costing the Tigers.
And while the left-back struggled to play regular first-team football early on in his Liverpool career, he made the most of Alberto Moreno’s injury in December.
And ever since Robertson came into the side, he’s been pretty much faultless.
And, barring any injury, he will be starting in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.
It’s been quite a remarkable journey.
At the age of just 15, he was released by his boyhood Celtic for being too small.
ROBERTSON’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
He soon signed for Queen’s Park and a few years later was playing in the lowest tier of Scottish professional footballer. It was back then in 2012 that a tweet he sent went viral recently: “Life at this age is rubbish with no money. #needajob.”
life at this age is rubbish with no money #needajob
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) August 18, 2012
He was no longer looking for a job when he got his break at Hull in 2014, signing for £2.85 million.
Three years later, he was a Liverpool player and now a Champions League finalist.
But Robertson has remained grounded throughout his meteoric rise.
And a little story about what he asked for for his 21st birthday sums up his attitude.
Despite reaching the milestone, Robertson asked all of his family and friends to donate to a local food bank rather than buy him any presents.
“A normal 21st birthday present is a bottle of vodka or champagne and during the season I don’t drink. At the end of the season I have a few beers with my old man. So if someone wants to buy me a bottle of vodka I’d rather they donate the £20,” Robertson told the Guardian.
But it’s not the first brilliant gesture we’ve seen from Robertson.
When he heard that a seven-year-old Liverpool fan donated his pocket money to a food bank, Robertson wrote him a letter and sent him a signing Roberto Firmino shirt – because “nobody wants the left-back’s shirt.”
Robertson’s gesture went viral but he didn’t do it for the attention.
— Barry Anderson (@BarryAnderson_) March 8, 2018
“It gathered pace [when his letter turned up on Twitter] which I didn’t want. The food bank is something I’ve always supported because there’s no excuse for anyone to go without food,” the 24-year-old said.
What a lovely guy.