Robertson recalls the emotions Dalglish’s tears gave him after Liverpool title

On the night Liverpool secured the title – June 25 – when Chelsea beat Manchester City, Liverpool players watched Sir Kenny Dalglish tear up.

“We had the big screens on and another Celtic legend, arguably the greatest of them all, appeared,” Robertson writes in Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us.

“There was a bit of a hush because we all wanted to hear was what Sir Kenny had to say but the look on his face, illuminated by emotion and pride, told us all we needed to know.

“Sir Kenny has won everything in the game but he showed his emotions 30 years on because he knew better than anyone else how big this was.

“We saw how much it meant to the gaffer and various Liverpool legends and that’s when it really hit home.

“When you see Sir Kenny – a man who has a stand at Anfield named after him – crying because of something that we had achieved, you can’t help but feel proud.”

And 12 months on after partying with Dalglish in Madrid, Robertson shared another trophy celebration with the Kop icon and it made the moment perfect.

“Our prize gleamed just as the European Cup had a year earlier and the red ribbons that adorned it told the world that finally, after all these years, the Premier League belonged to Liverpool Football Club.

“All that remained was for the ritual to be observed – a pair of shuffling feet to dance on the stage followed by a quick spin and the silverware to be thrust into the sky.

”Even with a strapping around his injured knee, Hendo pulled it off to perfection.

“His signature move had been delivered and it happened in the presence of the last manager to make Liverpool champions way back in 1990.

“For us, as a team and a club, this was as close to perfection as it gets.”

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Leicester win felt like the tide was turning

It was only October but when James Milner scored a stoppage-time penalty to move Liverpool eight points clear at the top of the table as they beat Leicester 2-1, it felt like a huge moment for Andy Robertson.

The season before a goal-line clearance by John Stones denied Liverpool a goal in a big moment in the title race when, as technology showed, the ball was over the line barring the smallest of margins.

“Eleven millimetres. It is 0.4333 inches. A thumbnail. Half the width of a pound coin,” Robertson writes in Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us.

“It is also, perhaps, the distance that was the difference between us winning the league title and being runners-up in 2018-19.

“No-one wants to be remembered for 11 millimetres.

“It is for these reasons that, in the years to come, our game against Leicester City at Anfield will be viewed as one of the pivotal fixtures of our campaign.

“When James Maddison equalised with 10 minutes remaining, I think the expectation of most people would have been that we were destined for a draw which would have brought our 17-game winning streak in the league to an end.

“When you have fallen short by a single point having accumulated 97 and when you’ve seen the difference that 11 millimetres can make, you can’t afford to settle, though.

“Just by being positive and refusing to accept our fate, individually and collectively, we put Leicester on the back foot when they just wanted to see out time.

“That caused Marc Albrighton to make a mistake under pressure. He nicked the ball off Divock’s toe but then there was a communication breakdown between him and Kasper Schmeichel.

“This was one of those situations that happens in the blink of an eye but somehow also seems to be unfolding in slow motion.

“Sadio picks up the ball and Albrighton makes a clumsy challenge, catching his shin in a desperate attempt to make a tackle.

“While everyone is focusing on the referee, Hendo calmly picks the ball up and passes it to Milly. It couldn’t be a bigger moment and fortunately for us we couldn’t have a bigger character to deal with it.

“This was a sliding doors moment, just like the one at the Etihad nine months earlier when we went within those 11 millimetres of taking a crucial lead only for John Stones to intervene and change the course of history.

“This time, fate was in our hands, or rather Milly’s right foot.”

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