Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson spoke of a change in mentality he now exhibits fostered by a regret he holds from three years ago.
Robertson has become one of the Premier League’s most potent players from left-back. The Scotland international embodies what the modern full-back aspires to be, and is often tasked with manning the entire flank by himself. His tandem with Trent Alexander-Arnold on the opposite flank has been a key component in Jurgen Klopp’s trophy-winning sides.
But is it an occasion where Liverpool fell at the final hurdle that has stuck with Robertson.
In his first season at Anfield, Liverpool finished runners-up to Real Madrid in their first Champions League final since 2007.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Robertson admits the defeat was his biggest regret, but has revealed what happened in the build-up has changed his outlook on big occasions.
“I’m fortunate to have been involved in some big occasions now,” said the 27-year-old who will captain Scotland at Euro 2020. “The first Champions League final sticks out.
“Losing was obviously the biggest regret around that, but the other thing that stuck with me was not enjoying the build-up enough.
“I was stressing about getting my family and friends to Kiev, instead of thinking, ‘It’s a nice feeling to be stressing about getting them all out to watch a Champions League final’.”
Liverpool would return to the final 12 months later and emerge victorious at Tottenham’s expense. Outlining his change of mental approach, Robertson added: “The second time around, I made sure to take it all in.
“I enjoyed the build-up and seeing everyone get so excited. I want to try to do the same for the Euros.
“As determined as we are to repeat this, you never know what’s around the corner.
“It’s important that we live in the moment because so many former pros have told me that it’s very easy to let your career fly by.”