James Milner and Andy Robertson have struck up a great friendship with each other at Anfield, and the Reds’ vice-captain talked up the irrepressible left-back’s qualities on and off the pitch.
In an interview with Birkenhead-born pro golfer and Liverpool fan, Paul Waring, out at the Pro-Am at Valderrama ahead of the Andalucía Masters, Milner was joined by fellow Red, Adam Lallana, as they discussed everything from Robbo to Tiger Woods.
“I think how good Robbo has been since he’s been at the club has been incredible really,” Milner claimed.
“The fans love him. I think it started off with that 90-yard press of Man City – he pressed everyone in their team I think, went to the ‘keeper and then did them all again!
“He’s got great quality and [is a] good defender. He’s good around the dressing room as well, he’s good craic.
“Sometimes he goes on a bit too much, sometimes you just want to shut him up,” Milner joked, “but that’s the one thing we’ve got as a team, we’ve got a great team spirit. You need lads like Robbo.
“As good as he is on the field, he’s brilliant in the dressing room as well.”
Milner has been out in the south of Spain playing golf with Lallana, who, when asked about the club’s best golfer, quipped: “Well, that’s easy because there’s only or two play, so it’s James.” While he also mentioned that he and Jordan Henderson have been having lessons to improve.
To top off the humours interview, when asked ‘who would you call the greatest sportsman out of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus or Divock Origi?’, Milner smiled as he replied: “I’m a massive Tiger fan, but it’s got to be Divock.”
Since arriving at Liverpool back in the summer of 2015, the 33-year-old has played a hugely vital role for the club, one that has only increased in significance since Jürgen Klopp took over later that year.
His leadership qualities and experience have gone a long way to integrating new players and establishing relationships with current ones. His love-in with Robertson can only be a good thing for team morale and results on the pitch.
Playing a full-season in Robbo’s left-back position in the 2016/17 campaign, 33 appearances in his preferred central-midfield role helped the Reds to a Champions League win in Madrid this year.