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Liverpool fullback Robertson defends mooted Newcastle boss Bruce

Liverpool fullback Andy Robertson says criticism from Newcastle fans over the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager is unfair.

Robertson was signed by Bruce at Hull City in 2014 and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best fullbacks in world football.

The 25-year-old believes Bruce contributed to his rise and thinks the Englishman will do well at St. James' Park.

"There has been a lot of negativity around it and I think that is really unfair for a man who has achieved what he has," the Scotsman winner told the Telegraph. "I hope he gets the backing he deserves.

"He was a huge reason in my going to Hull City [from Dundee United in 2014]. Before I spoke to Steve I did not want to go to Hull, to be honest. My agent will tell you that.

"I did not think I was ready after only a year in full-time football with Dundee and felt it would be better to wait, but I spoke to Steve for 15 or 20 minutes and he convinced me I was good enough for that level.

"For the two-and-a-half years I was with him he was a different class and helped make me the player I am today. So personally, I am delighted for him. Newcastle is a huge club and I hope he does well – not against us, obviously – but in every other game."

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