Andy Robertson revealed the cruel nickname Jurgen Klopp gave to him just days into his Liverpool career.
Robertson joined Liverpool in 2017 from Hull City for a bargain £10million fee, with the left-back becoming a vital cog in Klopp’s Reds side.
While today, we’re used to seeing Robertson bomb up and down the Reds’ left-hand side, the Scotland international found himself out of his depth during his first day as a Liverpool player.
Robertson took part in Klopp’s infamously gruelling lactate pre-season test, which consists of running full pace from one set of poles to the next before the whistle blows, with the break between each whistle getting shorter.
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The defender revealed to the Liverpool Echo how he fell victim to Klopp’s infamous pre-season beasting which he wasn’t prepared for.
He said: “But I remember my first day, there was only six or seven of us because it was pre-season, so only a few of us in and Danny Ings was just coming back from long-term injury.
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“So he stayed behind and we had to do the lactate test that the Germans love, it’s basically running to your maximum. I remember running alongside Danny Ings and I was just sick everywhere! Actually physically sick.
“My medical took two days so I didn’t really eat, so I put it down to that and I was tired. Ingsy was talking to me on the way round and I could just feel it, I knew something wasn’t right. I tried to hold it in my mouth and I just had to let it go. It was terrible. Day one!”
Despite Klopp not being there to witness the test, the word got around to the German who shocked Robertson with his new nickname upon his return.
Robertson added: “Luckily the gaffer wasn’t there and I thought I’d got away with it and he returned three days later and introduced himself, blah blah blah, and then he called me Mr. Sick Boy or something like that. I was gutted!”
The lactate test had been dominated in recent years by the ever-green James Milner, but following his departure from Anfield this summer, Mohamed Salah and new boy Dominik Szoboszlai won the perfectly named ‘James Milner award’, with Szoboszlai clearly fairing better than Robertson did in his first test.
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