Club World Cup detractors will not take gloss off Liverpool win – Robertson

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson insists any negative attitudes to their Club World Cup win will not have any effect on the sense of achievement the players feel.

Critics derided the decision to fly to Doha with a full-length squad and leave a youth team to be knocked out of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Views on the Club World Cup, in its various guises, have always been different in England, where the tournament is not regarded with anywhere near the reverence it holds for other countries – especially in South America.

For that reason there has been something of a lukewarm approach to the competition.

However, the Scotland defender said it was "irrelevant" BBC television had cut their coverage, which overran because of the 1-0 extra-time win over Flamengo in Qatar, before the trophy presentation in order to get back on track with its scheduling with Michael McIntyre's Big Show.

It was featured via the station's red button facility, but Robertson, who said he was a fan of the comedian, was not bothered the wider viewing public did not see their trophy lift.

"To be fair I quite like Michael McIntyre. I am sure my family back home tuned in," he said. "For me it is irrelevant. We are a very happy squad."

A BBC spokesperson told the PA news agency the decision not to wait for the trophy presentation on BBC One was because "there was a 20-minute gap planned between the match ending and the ceremony starting", adding the channel had "a packed and popular Saturday night schedule".

The spokesperson added: "Viewers were able to watch the whole of the Liverpool game, including extra-time, on BBC One. They were then clearly signposted to BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport online and the Red Button to watch the trophy ceremony."

Asked whether proving the critics wrong provided extra motivation, left-back Robertson added: "No, we don't care about them to be honest.

"We've already written a small part of history winning the Champions League but now we have added a trophy which has never been won before.

"We saw a whole nation was behind Flamengo and there were probably not many people in England who knew this game was going on.

"For us it was so important, we knew how much it meant to us and how much it meant to the fans."

Manchester United are the only other Premier League team to win the competition but Liverpool completed a unique English treble by adding the trophy to the Champions League and European Super Cup.

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DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool team pose for a photograph with the Club World Cup trophy with Santa hats on to wish everyone a Merry Christmas on December 22, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Players of Liverpool lift the trophy during a ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Players of Liverpool lift the trophy during a ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Players of Liverpool lift the trophy during a ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Sadio Mane (L) of Liverpool receives gold medal from President of FIFA Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani during the cup ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Head Coach of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp shakes hands with President of FIFA Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani during the cup ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool poses for a photo after he was named best player in the tournament during the cup ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool poses for a photo after he was named best player in the tournament during the cup ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Player of Liverpool Mohamed Salah and player of Flamengo Bruno Henrique pose for a photo during the cup ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Players of Liverpool lift the trophy during a ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Vitinho of Liverpool in action during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Football players of Liverpool celebrate after scoring a goal during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah greets the fans following the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final football match between England's Liverpool and Brazil's Flamengo at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) and Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker pose with the trophy following the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final football match between England's Liverpool and Brazil's Flamengo at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) and Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker pose with the trophy following the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final football match between England's Liverpool and Brazil's Flamengo at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool poses for photos with his trophy during the FIFA Club World Cup Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 21: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool walks in the field after the FIFA Club World Cup Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
A crowd of Flamengo fans watching Flamengo verses Liverpool during the final match of FIFA Club World Cup at the fan club Raça Rubro-Negra" headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, December 21, 2019. (Photo by Felipe Beltrame/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A crowd of Flamengo fans watching Flamengo verses Liverpool during the final match of FIFA Club World Cup at the fan club Raça Rubro-Negra" headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, December 21, 2019. (Photo by Felipe Beltrame/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with the trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup final at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane (right) and Naby Keita (left) celebrate with the trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup final at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha.
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Robertson, however, questions whether that will be given the same credit as other similar achievements.

"Maybe you can tell them that. We know it's a big deal, we'll have a gold badge on our strip and we added another trophy to the cabinet so that's incredibly huge," he added.

"I suppose it is not as big in England as the Carabao Cup as not many people get there and only Man United have won it before and no-one talks about trophies English clubs can't win.

"We go back to England with a trophy and that can't do any harm for our confidence.

"It might have been different had we got beat and many some people would have said we wasted our time but for us even if we had lost it was all worthwhile because we had a chance to win a trophy the club hadn't won before."

But won it they have and having done it all since June the focus now turns to an even more important six months as the quest for a first title in 30 years begins to gather pace.

Liverpool return home with their place at the top of the Premier League strengthened not weakened as Leicester's defeat by Manchester City means their advantage is still 10 points, although they now have a match in hand.

"It has been incredible wining the Champions League and then we go and play a Premier League game (against Chelsea in August) in the Super Cup and managed to come through it," said Robertson.

"That was nice to keep building momentum, and then we go over there (Qatar) and and win it.

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