Andy Robertson has paid tribute to Jordan Henderson, saying the Liverpool captain is an inspiration for him as Scotland skipper.

And the defender has opened up on an emotional letter he received from Henderson after the Reds were crowned Premier League champions last season.

After winning the club's first title in 30 years, Henderson penned personalised letters for everyone in the Liverpool squad, with Dejan Lovren later sharing his on social media after his left the club to join Zenit St Petersburg.

Robertson said getting his was one of the standout moments of a historic campaign last term as he saluted his team-mate for how he conducts himself as club captain.

The Scotland international was given the armband in September 2018 and said he has learned a lot on how to be a leader from his Liverpool colleague.

Asked if he viewed Henderson as a role model from a captain's perspective, Robertson said: "Yes, 100 per cent - you can take a lot from Hendo in terms of being a captain.

"He’s an unbelievable captain, pretty much gets everything right for me in terms of wearing the armband. I will always look up to him as a player and a person.

"Being a captain myself now, I can take a lot from him. But there are also a lot of other leaders in the dressing room like Milly (James Milner) and Virgil and other people that captain their countries.

"So I try to take a little bit from all of them and try to be as good a captain as I can be. And then try to use my own qualities as well. If I can be half as a good a captain as Hendo I will be happy."

After leaving the club last month in a deal worth close to £11m, Lovren shared his letter from Henderson on what the defender has meant to his colleagues across his six-year spell on Merseyside.

And while Robertson has opted to keep his own words from Henderson private, he said getting the message was one of his favourite memories of a season that ended a three-decade wait for league title No.19 at Anfield.

"That is definitely one of [the standout moments]. Dej's obviously posted his," Robertson added.

"Mine, I wouldn't post it, mine was private. They all were but it was different for Dej as it was kind of a goodbye letter.

"Mine I enjoyed reading, it was quite emotional to hear your captain speak the way he did. But these small things show you why he is such a good captain.

"Maybe you see things like his leadership and driving us to three points but he cares for all of us as well. You can see that by all the lads getting a letter each which he probably spent a lot of time on.

"Probably thinking about good things to say about me took a lot longer!

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"But no, look, the letter we all got was incredible and it shows you what a type of man he is and it was special for all of us. It is something I will keep forever and something I will forever be grateful for.

"It was definitely a highlight of the last 12 months. Us footballers don't really show our emotions that much and it definitely was emotional when I received that."

Robertson, who was speaking ahead of the release of his revealing new autobiography 'Robbo', explained the reason behind the book was to benefit to his charity AR26.

“I have started my own charity AR26 to help underprivileged kids," Robertson said. "All the proceeds of the book will go towards that.

"That is one of the main reasons I did it. To know I can make a difference and help kids who are not as fortunate as others.

"It is definitely worth putting a few letters on a piece of paper and writing about a fantastic story. Hopefully the money raised can make a big difference.”