Andy Robertson says he is starting to get near full fitness after the Scotland captain enjoyed some time off from Liverpool action.
The Premier League recently entered a winter break and the Scotland skipper took full advantage. Robertson was able to take things down a gear or two after a demanding season so far for both Liverpool and Scotland.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website, The Scots captain said it was some much-needed downtime that has helped him get near full fitness ahead of tonight’s return against Norwich City.
“It was nice to spend some time with the family and switch off from a hectic schedule and football for a wee bit and come back refreshed,” said Robertson. “Hopefully people see that in the performances that the team put in because we look as if we have come back refreshed, like I said, and maybe cleared up any injuries we might have had.
“People were maybe playing with knocks or injuries and it has given them a whole week to kind of clear them up. I know mine feels better, I feel closer to 100 per cent in terms of my body, which is always a positive.
“Being in training pain-free is always a nice thing, which maybe hasn’t happened in a couple of weeks leading up to that.”
A niggly ankle problem has affected Robertson at stages this term. It forced him to sit out Scotland’s final two Euro qualifiers of 2019 ahead of the Euro 2020 play-offs next month.
Already this term, the left-back has played 35 games for Liverpool alone, on top of four games for Scotland. It’s a testing endurance run for him but he’s coped well so far.
The home straight is clear now. Liverpool are just a handful of games away from the Premier League title, whilst Robertson could potentially lead Scotland to their first major finals since 1998 with wins over Israel and Norway or Serbia next month.
A break was probably needed to refuel him for some huge months ahead.