Liverpool ace reveals why Reds’ win at Norwich was memorable
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Liverpool and Scotland defender Andy Robertson has revealed in a new book why a Premier League 1-0 win at Norwich City back in February proved a memorable day in the champions’ march to a first title in 30 years.
Sadio Mane’s second half strike sunk the Canaries in a battling display from Daniel Farke’s squad, but Robertson has revealed the flight home from Norwich airport in the midst of Storm Dennis will live long in the memory.
“Norwich away was one of our most memorable trips of the season,” he said, in an extract from his book ‘Robbo: Now You’re Gonna Believe Us’ published by the Liverpool Echo. “The result in itself was something to remember as our 17th win in a row left us needing just five more victories to secure the title with twelve fixtures remaining.
“The way the three points were earned will also live long in the memories of all who were there. Sadio went through his full repertoire of skill, strength, speed of thought and top class finishing to get the goal that took us over the line.
“I know from experience how difficult he is to deal with because I see it in training on a daily basis. He can do the unexpected, he can beat you with his upper body strength, he can go past you with skill or fly past you with speed. As well as having that kind of talent, he has also become a lot more consistent.
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“What really made the trip unforgettable, though, was the flight home. It was a tough day weather-wise and we had a run in with Storm Dennis.
“We got onto the plane at Norwich Airport and we were already braced for a rocky ride because the wind was picking up and the forecast wasn’t ideal, to say the least. Then the pilot let us know we should be prepared for a bit of turbulence and I could see the concern growing on a few faces.
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“Flying doesn’t bother me. When it does get a bit bumpy, I usually go for gallows humour – but I was definitely a wee bit jumpy this time. I looked across at Kev Guy from the club staff and he was just staring out of the window. His face was as white as chalk. There was a sense of apprehension and some of the lads and staff said they would prefer to travel by road.
“The gaffer made it clear that he would never force anyone to fly in a situation like that and nobody would be judged if they decided to get off. It briefly crossed my mind to jump in a car but I came down on the side of a bumpy one-hour flight ahead of a five-hour drive.
“A few did get off and the last one was given a big cheer just to ensure he knew we had seen him as he tried to creep off the plane. When we set off on the runway we got shunted to the left before we took off and, at that point, the thought of spending five hours in a car didn’t seem so bad after all.
“Once we got up in the air it was alright and coming into John Lennon Airport it was a wee bit side to side but we made it back safely. It was one of the bumpier flights but you trust the professionals and the landing was perfect. The whole flight clapped when we landed, which I’m usually against, but I didn’t mind that time.”