Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has revealed that he snapped himself wearing a Chelsea shirt after their win over Manchester City sealed the title for the Reds at the end of last season.
In his newly-released book “Robbo: Now you’re gonna believe us: Our year, my story”, Robertson says that he sent a picture of himself in a Chelsea shirt to the Liverpool WhatsApp group.
Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge back in June, thanks to goals from Christian Pulisic and Willian. The result meant that Liverpool’s first-ever Premier League title was officially confirmed.
As transcribed by The Mirror, Robertson shared his story of that famous night. “What should you wear if you are a Liverpool player preparing for what could turn out to be the greatest day of your football career so far? Easy – a Chelsea shirt.
“As the rest of the lads were getting ready for a barbecue that we all hoped would turn into a title winners party, I went into my wardrobe and pulled out the shirt that Billy Gilmour had given me a few months earlier.
“Putting it on, it felt a bit snug but I was going for the colour, not the fit. A quick selfie followed and I posted the picture on our group chat straight away.
‘”Lads, what’s the dress code for tonight?” I asked and a series of uncomplimentary responses and emojis sent my phone into overdrive. “Shorts and t-shirt it is then,” I thought.”
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This story is a sign of Robertson’s character – always up for a laugh and to entertain the group. His energy and banter could be a real boost for the dressing room and help maintain a good atmosphere between games. The Liverpool star was also crucial on the pitch, earning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year for his performances in the Premier League in the 2019/20 campaign
Clearly this attempted humour had the desired effect, as his teammates hit back at him in the group chat. Hopefully, Robertson can continue to be a positive influence in the dressing room and keep the spirits high if Liverpool do encounter any setbacks this season.
Staying upbeat and confident after hitting a rough patch could be key to turning form around and getting back into a winning mindset. This is because players could slump and accept defeat when up against the odds if they are not in the right frame of mind to compete after going behind. Liverpool have not had a major issue with this in recent seasons – with just four league defeats in two years – and the dressing room dynamic could play a part in it.