After an ankle scare at Anfield, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provides an update on Andy Robertson’s condition.
Andy Robertson, Liverpool’s left-back, was injured in the Reds’ final pre-season friendly on Sunday.
After Liverpool drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in a pre-season friendly at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp provided an update on Andy Robertson’s concerning-looking ankle injury, insisting the pain has already subsided but admitting the club will not know the severity of the problem until scans are completed.
In the first half, the first-choice left-back was forced to shuffle off after staying down on the ground after appearing to twist his right ankle while attempting to block Alex Berenguer’s cross.
Robertson, who started all 38 of Liverpool’s Premier League games last season, was given extensive treatment before being released by the club’s medical team.
For the time being, Liverpool are unsure whether the 26-year-old will be fit to face Norwich City in their Premier League opener on Saturday (5.30pm).
On Monday, Robertson will have scans on the condition, with Liverpool hoping and praying that the Champions League and Premier League winner would not be sidelined for an extended period of time.
“We certainly don’t know how bad it is at the moment,” Klopp remarked after the game. Andy exploded because it was excruciatingly uncomfortable.
“I’m sure you watched it on TV better than we did, but he got the ball, put it on the front of his foot, and twisted his ankle.
“The discomfort has subsided, but we won’t be able to say anything more until tomorrow’s examination. Robertson was booed off by a 40,000-strong Anfield crowd, the largest since the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
Owen Beck, a teenager, took the place of the former Hull City defender, while James Milner, who played left-back for the whole 2016-17 season, is also capable of doing so.
If the Scot is unable to play Norwich, Kostas Tsimikas, who has had a terrific pre-season, will be the frontrunner to replace him.
The Greek is expected to play against Osasuna in Liverpool’s last summer warm-up match on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Liverpool drew 1-1 with Bilbao after Berenguer equalized Diogo Jota’s first-half goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was asked about his teammate full-back after the game and replied, “The big disadvantage was Robbo coming off hurt.”
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