A thoroughly decent man, Sir Bobby shared many of the same personal qualities as Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley and remained unaffected by the shallow excesses of modern football.
Plus, Robson almost always made sense when he spoke about football, especially when it came to Liverpool FC, as the following quotes from the great man attest.
Saluting Rafael Benitez after Liverpool's victory in Istanbul:
"Managers have to be like actors at times and Rafa Benitez deserves an Oscar for his half-time performance in the dressing room during the Champions League Final. His half-time performance when all was lost in Istanbul was the most astonishing of the whole amazing night."
After Liverpool's shock FA Cup Final defeat by Wimbledon in 1988):
“I didn't want Kenny to be criticised, but I'm amazed nobody said a word against him. If England had lost at Wembley as unexpectedly as Liverpool, I would have been slaughtered”.
On Liverpool’s future title prospects (March 2009)
“Liverpool fans can take heart from beating United [4-1 at Old Trafford]. In the short term it will not change the course of the title race. Over the next few years, though, it shows United cannot take the Liverpool challenge lightly.”
On whether Rafa Benitez has what it takes to bring the title to Anfield:
“I hope people do not think that if he [Benitez] falls short this season, he is incapable of winning it. I can see him achieving it at some time at Anfield . “I believe that, if he signs a long-term contract, he has the ability to be a proper rival for Alex...and that can only be good for the game.”
On the power of Anfield:
“At Anfield, Liverpool have just seemed time after time in European matches to have this ability to be able to pull something out of the bag".
Publicly supporting Benitez after he substituted Steven Gerrard in the November 2007 Merseyside derby:
“Rafa was brave in taking off Gerrard at Everton because he would have been severely criticised had Liverpool not won. But they did win, and I am not sure why Gerrard had to go and see his manager to ask why he had been subbed. Would Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano or any other player do that?”.
On Steven Gerrard after the Merseyside derby (November 2007):
“My view is that Gerrard is a great player; one of my favourites, in fact. But no individual is bigger than the club and this is the time for Stevie to ask 'What can I do for Liverpool?', not 'What can they do for me?’
On Gerrard again:
"I think Rafa appreciates what Stevie has done for the club and the talents he brings to the team. But he is not bigger than the club ? and, if they want to emulate Manchester United and Arsenal, and win the Premier League, all Liverpool fans should remember that.
On Gerrard’s impact at Liverpool
“Gerrard is probably regarded with Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool's greatest ever player and while he has earned that respect because of his fabulous displays, it comes with a responsibility.
Surmising about Bill Shankly:
"We were driving back from, I think, Birmingham, when Kieron suddenly shouts out, 'Stop the bus! I've left my diamond earring in the dressing room. Can you believe it! Can you imagine in my day a player shouting to Bill Shankly, 'Bill, stop the bus. I've left me earring in the dressing room!?”"
Sir Bobby Robson - a true friend of Liverpool FC.
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