Chelsea may have made a splash in the transfer market this summer, but it will not shake the confidence of Liverpool ’s title defence.
That is the message from defender Andrew Robertson, as the two sides go head to head tomorrow, in the first clash of the titans of what promises to be an epic battle this season.
Until they struck a deal with Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara, the Anfield club were the picture of caution in the window.
Chelsea ’s indifference to economic logic during the Covid crisis has turned the transfer market upside down, prompting their rivals to respond.
The Reds are still eclipsed by the £200m-plus spending of tomorrow’s rivals, but according to Robertson, Liverpool’s belief in the talent within their squad means they will fear no one.
“You can surround yourself with how other clubs are run and how other clubs are doing business but it does not matter what other clubs are doing if we are focused on Liverpool.
“We have shown over the last two or three years our squad depth is good and when called up everyone steps up. If we do that again and avoid injuries we will be competitive.
“We will do our business on the pitch. Maybe over the years Liverpool fans would have been desperate for a squad like this – one that can compete for trophies, and we have done it for three years.
“Now it is about doing it for many more years. Whether we fall short or we win is to be seen, but we will give 100 percent effort with 100 percent quality. It is up to us to do it again.”
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Liverpool got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.
In terms of transfers the Reds have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara, while Wolves' Diogo Jota is next on their radar. Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to head to Wolves in a £10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There's a lot to keep track of.
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Robertson has written a book about last season’s incredible journey. All proceeds from sales of ‘Robbo: Now You’re Gonna Believe Us’ will go towards the Scotland captain’s newly formed charity, AR26, which aims to give underprivileged kids a chance in life.
“That is one of the main reasons I did it. To know I can make a difference and help kids who are not as fortunate as others. Hopefully the money raised can make a big difference,” he explained.
But he is not convinced Chelsea’s money will make a difference this season.
“I think every season we’ve been questioned. When we lost the Champions League final everyone thought ‘will they be back’.
“We went into the next season winning the Champions League and just falling short in the Premier League but even then people said ‘if they didn’t beat them this season, they’re never going to beat Man City’.
“The following season we went and proved it. We’ve got doubters again. If we are the so-called underdogs again then we enjoy being underdogs.
“From 17/18 or even when the gaffer first came in before that, he had his own plan, his own journey, and we have gone on that. It is not finished.”
*Robbo: Now You’re Gonna Believe Us is on sale now in hardback and ebook. Audiobook coming soon
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