The Scotland worldwide joked that after the sport, there was no must examine whether or not he had taken performance-enhancing medicine
As a result of he “missed an absolute sitter,” Robertson joked, there was no level in analyzing whether or not he had taken performance-enhancing medicine.
In an excerpt from his new e-book “Robbo: Now You are Gonna Imagine Us” revealed on the Liverpool Echo, Robertson spoke concerning the disappointment of his facet’s last-16 elimination in March, which was the final recreation performed with followers at Anfield earlier than the coronavirus put a halt to soccer across the globe.
“Drained, defeated and upset, the very last thing I needed was to be picked for a medicine check,” Robertson writes. “Atletico Madrid had simply gained at Anfield and our reign as European champions was over. All I needed to do was get house to begin coping with our loss.
“No such luck. Doc Andy Massey tapped me on the shoulder and advised me I’d been randomly chosen together with Adrian. Seeing as I’d missed an absolute sitter and Adrian had made a pricey error, I didn’t see a lot level in checking if both of us had taken something that will improve our efficiency.
“After Atletico there was one second that I stored going over in my thoughts, wishing I may return and make it proper. I knew the possibility that fell my method within the second half was the most effective we had throughout regular time.
“After Mo[hamed Salah]’s shot was deflected, the ball spun into an space that I may assault in entrance of the Kop aim and it felt like every little thing had aligned in my favour. It was my birthday, I’d by no means scored on the Kop finish earlier than and I knew if I made an excellent connection there can be nothing that even Jan Oblak, who was sensible on the night time, may do about it. It needed to hit the again of the online. It simply needed to.
“Smash. It hit the bar. In equity, Kieran Trippier leaned into me simply as I made contact and that didn’t assist however that was the second I replayed in my head always for the following 24 hours. I blamed myself, no-one else.”
Robertson aso spoke concerning the eerie aura of the sport, which passed off because the pandemic in Europe was worsening. Many, including the mayor of Liverpool, imagine the match mustn’t have gone ahead, particularly provided that 3,000 followers travelled to Liverpool from Madrid.
“From what I had seen earlier than and after we performed Atletico and the stuff I had been seeing within the information, I simply knew. I stay in a rustic that hasn’t skilled a pandemic or had warfare visited upon it in my lifetime however rapidly everybody was dealing with as much as a future by which the one actual certainty was that individuals would die.
“All of our lives have been about to vary. I had seen that course of begin with my very own eyes and in my very own area. Jurgen [Klopp]’s behaviour altering. A medicine check with out an opposition participant in the identical room. No mascots. No handshakes earlier than the sport. All small variations however every symbolic in their very own method and collectively including as much as one thing a lot larger.
“This was solely the beginning too and as a lot as I attempt to hold myself knowledgeable nothing may have ready me for what was to comply with.”