Liverpool full-back Calvin Ramsay spoke candidly about his desire to break into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, and has admitted the astonishing assist records of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson put “big pressure” on him to perform well.
Ramsay was interviewed for the Matchday programme ahead of Liverpool’s game with Chelsea last weekend. Ramsay arrived from Aberdeen last summer for a fee of around £6.5 million pounds but faced an early setback when a back injury was discovered during his medical.
The Scotsman made his first start for the first team in the Carabao Cup in November but has only since played for the U-21’s. Ramsay spoke about his fierce competition for places in the first team.
“It’s a big pressure because of the amount of assists Trent and Robbo have got. I know that if I want to get into the team, I need to get assists and pop up with some goals here and there.”
The right-back then gave his thoughts on what he can contribute to the team when given the chance.
“My biggest attributes are attacking, crossing and cutting inside to shoot, so once I get a chance, I need to show those things and take my opportunity. I’ve not scored a lot at professional level but in the youth academy I used to score quite a few. I was top goalscorer one season.”
“Maybe it’s a bit easier to score from midfield, but at right-back I like to get up the pitch and attack. That’s my main attribute and I’ve shown a few times that I can cut in on my left foot and shoot. I think I can get goals.”
Liverpool have wanted long-term cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold for some time and the signing of Ramsay was welcomed by supporters, who will hope the youngster can even challenge Alexander-Arnold for his place at right-back. With James Milner out of contract in the summer, it is likely that Ramsay will see a lot more first team action next season.