Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo managed to have an exclusive chat with Liverpool fullback Andy Robertson on Monday.
As the player had already talked previously about his admiration for former Real Madrid fullback Roberto Carlos, it was his chance to speak to the Brazil media about one of his idols.
This time, Robertson explained the Brazilian changed the way fullbacks play, and said he wish he could hit the ball as hard as him.
“Yeah, he’s obviously a legend. Probably one of the best left-backs to ever play the position,” Andy Robertson told Esporte Interativo.
“When I was young, everyone spoke about Roberto Carlos, about his free-kicks, about the way he drove forward. He was a very attacking fullback at a time when fullbacks weren’t as attacking as they maybe are now. He was one of the big influences on all of us, he kind of changed the fullback role along with a few others. He was one of the ones who drove it forward.”
“He’s a legend in my eyes. I think I’d pay a lot of money to have his left foot for a free-kick. But I’m not sure I can get that skill. An amazing player, an amazing career, I looked up to him and I still do.”
In a press conference ahead of Liverpool’s match against Ajax, Robertson had already made some complaints towards VAR, claiming it’s ‘been making people fall out of love with football’.
The fullback had also talked about it on Twitter, when he claimed that more players should be involved in the decision making process. Now he was asked by Esporte Interativo about it, and said the discussion should include more ‘football people’ in general.
“It’s probably not up to us who are playing in the game. I’m sure all teams will think differently over different decisions that have gone against us. I just think we should involve footballing people who can help make these decisions. Whether it’s ex-managers, ex-players, ex-referees, whatever, I just think there should be more football people making the decisions.
“I think for years that’s been getting cried out for, instead of the decision getting made in an office or whatever, so I just believe maybe more football people should be asked, more football people should oversee what’s happening. You know, there’s been a lot of rule changes in the last two or three years which…I think a lot of footballers have kind of lost touch with what the rules are.
“It’s very tough, because we knew the game inside out and now we need to learn a whole new set of rules which are sometimes hard to understand and hard to get our minds around. I just think it could be a better worked system over here.”