Andy Robertson has vowed to improve his personal performances for Scotland, the country he captains.
At the weekend, Scotland lost 2-1 at home to Russia, with Robbo at fault for one of the goals – and he actually received a fair amount of online backlash from Scots as a result.
Scotland’s results have been poor over the past year, since he got the armband, but we’d suggest this has much more to do with the quality of his team-mates.
“Being criticised, rightly or wrongly, it’s maybe stronger now that I’m captain,” he said, cited in the Echo.
“But these are things I’m made for. If people criticise me, it’s fine. I’d prefer they didn’t because it means I’ve put in a good performance, but sometimes that doesn’t always go your way.
“Some games as captain I’ve not been good enough, some I have been, but that’s me to look at my own performance. That’s what I’ve looked at over the last few games.
“I don’t like getting beat anyway, but on Friday I maybe dwelled on it longer than usual. I’ve learned a lot. Good things and bad things.
“I said a year ago what a big honour it was, that’s not changed, I’m delighted to be the captain of this country, I love doing it and I hope the lads think I’m doing a good job.
“There’s also negatives that come along with it that I need to deal with and it’s about learning how to deal with them. I think I’m getting better at that.”
Robbo is arguably the best left-back on the planet, but it’s a difficult position to run a game from.
He can do his job defensively and bomb forward, but he cannot necessarily dictate play from the flank – unlike a central midfielder or a playmaker.
Scotland’s team is weak, in truth, and it should be appreciated what a tough job Robbo has considering he’s the only elite footballer in the XI.
As Liverpool fans, our main concern is that he returns to Melwood fully fit first, and smiling second – although we’ll sacrifice the latter for the former!