The international break is never a straightforward period for any club, and for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has now been dealt a pretty hefty setback as a result.
The Times’ Paul Joyce confirmed a piece of news that surely no Liverpool fan wanted to hear ahead of a tough test against Arsenal this weekend.
He revealed that the international break had claimed Andy Robertson’s fitness with the full-back now a big doubt for this weekend’s clash.
Writing in his latest piece, the reporter noted:
“Andrew Robertson is a doubt for Liverpool’s game against Arsenal after sustaining a hamstring injury in Scotland’s World Cup qualifying win over Denmark.”
If Robertson is unable to take the field this weekend, it will surely leave supporters of the Reds absolutely gutted.
After all, the left-back is one of the club’s most important players and is undoubtedly the Premier League’s leading left-back.
He has been a vital cog in Merseyside for a considerable period of time now, with his defensive nouse, tantalising attacking play and boisterous leadership skills making him a mainstay of the team.
The defender has registered a whopping 39 assists from the backline since moving to Anfield and that kind of attacking fluency would be key against a Gunners team who are becoming more regimented in defence as the weeks go by.
Words from former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique provide evidence as to how good he is, and why he’ll be missed incredibly by Klopp on Saturday evening. The Spaniard said:
“He’s been the best left-back in the world for the last few years. I know everyone talks about [Alphonso] Davies from Bayern Munich but if you talk about consistency and level of performance all the time, this guy [Robertson] is unbelievable.”
Thus, to have a player like that absent for a clash against a team just two points behind you in the league table will be incredibly frustrating for supporters.
They do, of course, have the ever-improving Konstantinos Tsimikas to fill in but no one defines consistency and reliability quite like Robertson. His lack of fitness will surely be felt hard in the coming days.