Liverpool’s Andy Robertson has opened up about his “strange” return from injury, but is now confident he’s ready to help the Reds in their ongoing battles.
After being out for over three months due to a shoulder injury, Robertson made his comeback in an FA Cup match against Norwich City and has since played in Premier League games against Chelsea and Arsenal. The 29 year old left-back is hopeful of making his first start since October when Liverpool face Burnley this weekend.
He said: “It was a long time out the longest time I’ve ever been out so it was certainly challenging in different ways,” and added, “When you come back it’s kind of strange, you don’t know what it’s going to be like; obviously the atmosphere when I came on (against Norwich) just reminded me how big a part I am of this club, and it was a nice feeling. I walked off that pitch feeling as if I was back.”
“The Norwich game was probably slightly earlier than we had planned. Then it was just about trying to get match sharpness up and things like that, we obviously went into a really busy period. The Chelsea game, I got some more minutes, and obviously the Arsenal game was difficult for different reasons.”
“When you’ve been out that long it takes you a bit of time to get rhythm, but I feel as if I’m there now. Especially this week with a week’s training, I believe I’ll be ready to go from here on in.”
Kostas Tsimikas had started to impress as Robertson’s replacement at left-back before suffering a shoulder injury of his own shortly before Christmas, after which the versatile Joe Gomez has excelled in the position.
Gomez recently passed 200 appearances for Liverpool but has still to score a senior goal, whether for the Reds, former club Charlton Athletic or at international level.
And Robertson said: “He’s getting pretty close, yeah. We’ve tried to say to him we don’t think his first goal is going to be a 40-yard screamer… I think it’s going to be a scruffy one at the back post where it comes off his knee, shin and toe at the same time. So he maybe needs to stop that shooting a bit too much!”
“I think everyone is trying to will it in for him. But it will come. Goals don’t define you but it would be nice certainly to celebrate a Joe Gomez goal, that’s for sure.”
Robertson told liverpoolfc.com: “Everyone sees Joey’s quality and the flexibility of positions that he can play. He can play anywhere across the back line. He does well in every position he’s played this season, which is so important to have a player like that. Even when he steps into the midfield and things, he looks comfortable. Everyone is just buzzing that he’s doing so well.”