Why Trent Robinson looks to Liverpool, New England Patriots to drive red hot Sydney Roosters

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“I love watching teams around the world that do that but I also know the personality of each individual player that I’m watching play,” Robinson explained on Wednesday morning.

“I love watching – whether it’s Liverpool who have just won the title – but then you’ll watch (Andrew) Robertson at the back and (Mo) Salah in the midfield. You’ll watch their own unique style and Klopp has done an amazing job in doing that. There’s that continual search to offer that to players whilst being a team – being an absolute team.”

Trent Robinson's choice of inspiration goes some way to explaining the coachs's continued success with the Roosters.

Trent Robinson’s choice of inspiration goes some way to explaining the coachs’s continued success with the Roosters.Credit:Getty

Allowing players to express themselves onfield is the piece of the puzzle Robinson has plucked from Liverpool in the building of his own dynasty.

“I feel like we’re continuing to try and push ourselves to coach better and the players are pushing themselves to play better. In that, what we’re trying to do is wholeheartedly believe in our style of play. That’s first of all in what we want to do,” Robinson said.

“We believe in the way that we play, we believe in the intensity that we play with and the focus that we play with. But on the back of that, how do Joey Manu and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves be themselves on that footy field?

“They have two different personalities, positions, so how do you express that within a team of 13 on the field or 17 or your squad of 36? This is who we are. We believe in who we are.

Juergen Klopp has brought the swagger back to Anfield with his Liverpool side now English, European and world club champions.

Juergen Klopp has brought the swagger back to Anfield with his Liverpool side now English, European and world club champions.Credit:Getty

“But we also want you to be yourself, we want you to express your personality on top of that and what you love to do in the game but it must go hand in hand with our style of play.”

That’s where the Patriots come into it.

Robinson admires the New England mantra that has become synonymous with team sport around the world: do your job.

“An amazing organisation in the way they did that. Their mantra of ‘do your job’. Absolutely – that’s the Patriots way,” he said.

“You have to play their style. You can debate the personality coming out on the other end and I guess how much freedom was given within that. But that’s where it slightly differs, I think.

“You have a [Pep] Guardiola team at Manchester City, where he is really trying to mould all those different players – or Barcelona in their own way.

“I think what Kansas City [Chiefs] did this year in allowing that to happen was a really good example. But longevity has come through people understanding the team and the principles that they play for.”


Roosters-Storm clashes are as close as the NRL comes to two dynasties colliding.

Robinson understands why their meetings excite those outside the Roosters bubble but inside their Moore Park headquarters, the master coach treats the week the same as any other.

“I don’t find it challenging. There’s nothing there for me. We get excited about playing every opponent,” he said.

“We don’t rise or fall based on the opposition coach. The consistency in performance is around respecting every coach that you come up against and then you attack them how you want to.

“There’s no difference for me against any other opponent. If you change the way you coach for an opposition coach then you’re heading in the wrong direction.”

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