Andy Robertson ‘stared down’ Watford’s hornet mascot in unexpected clash

Liverpool didn’t lose a Premier League game until Watford beat them 3-0 on February 29.

It was a result which stung as it ended their hopes of going all season unbeaten but it also saw Andy Robertson consider taking on a hornet.

“The result had stung enough without Watford’s club mascot getting in on the act but there he was celebrating in front of our fans and gesturing to them as we were applauding them for their support,” Robertson writes in Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us.

“I didn’t say anything. What would you say to an adult dressed as an insect anyway? I just stared him down.

”Besides, I had gone out of my way to be respectful to the Watford lads, telling them that with performances like that they were definitely staying up and there was a fair bit of mutual respect going on.

“So I didn’t want to spoil that by falling out with a six-foot tall hornet.

“We lost to a team that deserved to win that day, 100 percent. They had whipped their crowd up, so good luck to them.

“I definitely could have locked horns with their mascot but next time I see him I’ll shake his wing and we’ll kiss and make up!”

Spider bite left fears over place in the team

Liverpool had just won the Champions League but a few weeks later Andy Robertson was scared a spider bite suffered on holiday could cost him his place in the team.

“The mad thing is, all I have to show for it is a small scar on my right hand,” Robertson writes in Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us.

“When anyone sees it, it doesn’t look like much, just a tiny mark that could have been caused by something pretty minor but, to me, it is a constant reminder of a couple of weeks that I will always associate with physical pain and a fair bit of largely self-inflicted mental anguish.

“On the morning of the operation, I had been panicking about getting it sorted and, being totally honest, I also had a nagging concern about waking up, as stupid as that may sound.

“When I did wake up, my concern shifted from the personal to the professional.

“I knew my hand was fixed, which was great, but the next thing on my mind was ‘When can I be back training and back involved?’ That question dominated my thoughts as I lay in a hospital bed.

“It’s not as if I was playing for the Dog & Duck either, I was playing for the reigning European champions, so I knew I couldn’t take my place for granted.

“I also knew that I would have to prove my fitness just to get myself involved in training. I’ve never had a fear of spiders but right at that moment I definitely didn’t like them.”

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