Andy Robertson says he tries to be a “fearless” footballer, giving everything he possibly can whenever he takes to the field.
The Scotland captain has been a magnificent signing by Liverpool since arriving from Hull City in 2017.
While some felt unimpressed by his arrival at the time, he has gone on to become one of the Reds’ key men.
There are few better left-backs in Europe at the moment and his down-to-earth personality also makes him one of the most popular figures at Anfield.
Robertson has made meteoric strides since representing lowly Queen’s Park back in 2012, but moments of adversity have made him mentality strong.
He told Liverpoolfc.com that he takes this steely approach into matches, never giving less than 100 percent:
I’ve never gone into a game fearing anything or anyone.
We’re in a game where mistakes happen and it’s how you deal with that. You’re in a game where you can become a hero. It’s all about dealing with that. [My upbringing] probably does have a bit to do with it.
I wouldn’t say I’ve got nothing to lose because now the stakes are high. Of course, if you drop below [your standards] you’ve got your position to lose.
My attitude going into games has always been fearless, to try to enjoy every minute of it and give 100 per cent. I’m realistic – every game, not all of us can play to the highest of our ability.
But I always believe if we all give 100 per cent, some days not everything will come off for you – you’ll have bad touches, mistimed tackles – but if I’ve given 100 per cent, you’ll still get criticised and you’ll criticise yourself in terms of performance, but you’ll know you’ve made it hard for your opponent.
That’s the attitude I’ve always taken and will always continue to have.
Robertson has all the makings of a future Liverpool captain, with his character and leadership always shining through both on and off the pitch.
He symbolises the Jurgen Klopp era at Anfield as much as anyone.