Liverpool chief backs youngster to shine at Anfield

Jack Robinson is on course to become a top player for Liverpool, according to Damien Comolli

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
jack robinson
Robinson (right) has featured twice in the Carling Cup this season Photo: k1ngk0ng, via Flickr

jack robinson

Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli has backed Jack Robinson to develop into a top player after the teenager penned a new long-term deal at Anfield.

Comolli believes the 18-year-old left-back, who became the youngest player to make a first team appearance for The Reds in 2010, has all the attributes needed to become a key man at Anfield in years to come.

“He did very well when he played for the first team last year, especially against Arsenal [in April],” said Comolli. “Then he’s done well again this year and he’s done well for England, so it’s fully deserved.

“He’s bright, which is very important to succeed at the top level. He’s dedicated, he’s committed, he’s very professional. He’s one of those who is very positive and he listens to what other people have got to say, whether it’s the manager or coaches or the fitness team.

“I’ve just told him: it’s a contract but you can’t rest on your laurels. He’s still got a long way to go, he’s still got a lot of work to do physically, mentally, tactically and technically – all aspects he can improve.

“He knows this, but all the elements are there to make him a very, very good player.”

Robinson impressed during Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal last season after replacing the injured Fabio Aurelio in the first half and has featured twice in the Carling Cup this term.

“I’m delighted,” Robinson said. “There was no doubt in my mind, I was just so excited the club were offering me a contract.

“I’ve just got to keep working hard in training. I can’t just sit back on this contract. I’ve got to keep improving and showing people what I’m about.”

“I was so nervous, but before I came on Kenny had a little joke with me and kept my nerves in the bag. I was fine going onto the pitch after that. It was a good challenge against Theo [Walcott], and luckily I had a good game.”

And the teenager knows he faces a stern test in attempting to break into Dalglish’s side ahead of José Enrique.

“He’s been fantastic in every game he’s played,” said Robinson. “I need to learn from him. He’s the perfect role model because he’s got everything as a left-back.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Friendly rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer celebrate ‘the great memories we shared’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Lineker sends message to Arsenal fans after 5-2 win over Everton
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho confirms return of key Man United star for Tottenham clash
The Sport Review
Gary Neville pinpoints where Man United need to improve