“The government’s daily briefings became must-watch TV in the Robertson household,” Robertson writes in Robbo: Now You’re Gonna Believe Us.
The Liverpool defender reveals his feelings at the time as he tuned into the daily press conferences during lockdown.
EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool star Robertson looks back at one of the most controversial stories of the summer, after the Health Secretary called out Premier League footballers
“Like most people in the country, I was struggling with the way that the government was handling the situation but I also recognised that there were so many complexities at play that even the very best administration would have had a battle on its hands.
Andy Robertson could not believe it when Health Secretary Matt Hancock attacked footballers over their wages amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Rach and myself would make sure we made time for them because it was so important that we knew what was going on and were able to understand it.
“This time I didn’t move.
“I was sat on the couch, on the same seat I had bounced on when (Scott) McTominay sent me into raptures a few weeks earlier (when he scored the second goal for Manchester United to beat City), when he said it.
“As it was, we had Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care no less, using up valuable time to tell Premier League footballers that they should be doing more to help.
“Premier League players ‘should take a pay cut and play their part,’ he said.
“My jaw dropped and I just stared at the television in total disbelief.
“I also accept that we have a responsibility to contribute and fully support the principle that our taxes are used to support the NHS, state schools, social care and the welfare state as a whole.
“I would be the first to admit that footballers at the very highest level are privileged, having come from a background in which money is much harder to come by.
“It was baffling how he could come out with something like that, particularly as reducing our pay would also have slashed the amount that we would contribute to the exchequer at a time of financial crisis.
“Most footballers are the same in this respect.
“We tend to come from humble backgrounds, often working class, and we know how tough some people have it.
“We don’t need to be singled out, held up as a symbol of selfishness when the opposite is true more often than not.
“Mr Hancock’s comments were unfair and they were also uninformed.
“It is this kind of knowledge and experience which means the collective social conscience in our sport is as strong as it has ever been.