Liverpool left-back and member of the PFA Team of the Year, Andy Robertson, believes rest and recuperation will serve The Reds well ahead of their preparations for the Champions League final in Madrid.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs team at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for Europe’s biggest prize on June 1st.
After a hectic season where Liverpool also did battle for the Premier League title until the final day of the campaign, Robertson said he feels it is vital that players get some space and time to spend with their loved ones as their minds and bodies heal ahead of their next huge fixture.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the Scottish captain said:
“It’s so important, being able to switch off and spend some time with your family, just trying to forget about football because it is an intense period of time.
“If you can even switch off for two or three days then it’s perfect. I am sure in the back of our minds all of us will have the final, you can’t help that, but we’ll try and switch off as best we can and then we’ll go full steam ahead into the next couple of weeks.”
Robertson wasn’t 100% fit for the Wolves game last Sunday. He will be able to use this couple of weeks to get back at the level we have been used to seeing from him for the Champions League final.
“It wasn’t the best on Sunday and I could feel it during the game, but I wanted to play and was desperate to get out there.
“The adrenaline kept me going and the fact a lot of us have played through pain, not just me. Luckily now we’ve got a couple of weeks to recover and get our bodies right – and we’ll know we’ll be as fresh as we can be going into the final.”
The Reds finished second in the Premier League with their record-ever total of 97 points. It was an amazing season, no doubt, and Robertson knows the team can be proud of themselves.
“We still have one more big game, but the Premier League season has come to an end and it was disappointing because we didn’t achieve what we wanted to achieve, but with the points tally and the way we went about our business, I think we can be proud of that.”
After playing at such a consistent level of performance throughout the season, Liverpool will be eager to have a Champions League trophy to show for it on the night of June 1st.
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