Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has pleaded with Scotland fans to stay onside with captain and Anfield hero Andy Robertson.
Some Scotland fans were critical of Robertson after two poor performances against Belgium and Russia. Many question whether he puts in as much effort with the national team as he does with the Reds.
Klopp has said that Robertson is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and would never give anything less than 100%.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the German explained why fans have to back the Scots captain.
He said: “I can promise you if he has a big heart for us – and I know that he does – then his heart playing for Scotland is three times bigger.
“If it was an issue with the character of the player we would have to talk but it’s not. So Scotland, the media, the people, they have to calm down a bit.”
Robertson has to improve his Scotland performances
Whilst it is true that perhaps Robertson’s criticism is a bit harsh, that doesn’t mean he is exempt from it. In those two games, the Reds full-back simply wasn’t at it.
In the Russia game he was culpable for their first goal and was often found out of position. Robertson had a better game against Belgium, but still struggled defensively due to the attacking pressure he was under.
Klopp is right in saying he is heavily scrutinised when he plays for the national team. Players like the Liverpool full-back, Oli McBurnie, Scott McTominay and John McGinn are all looked at closer because they play in the Premier League.
Take nothing away from Robertson though, on his day he is world class. He needs to show that ability on the national stage on a regular basis to appease demanding fans.