Liverpool receive another huge Andy Robertson injury boost after worrying blow in pre-season friendly

Jurgen Klopp says that Andy Robertson’s pain has already settled after the left-back suffered an injury scare on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao but looked to be in devastating attacking form in the first half and fans have a right to be excited.

Anfield was once again packed with fans and were treated to the wonderful sight of Diogo Jota rippling the back of the net after Naby Keita intercepted a poor pass out the back from Bilbao.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)Naby Keita of Liverpool at Anfield on August 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)Naby Keita of Liverpool at Anfield on August 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The home crowd almost exploded in delight moments later when Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Jota combined for what would have been an incredible counter-attacking goal.

Jota’s shot was cleared off the line but Mane could’ve had a pre-assist while Salah’s delightful trivela assist would have been the highlight of pre-season for me.

However, many supporters have forgotten the display we were treated to as Andy Robertson’s ankle injury cast a shadow on the game but it seems that there’s a decent chance the injury isn’t as serious as it first looked.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool reacts with pain after a challenge during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool reacts with pain after a challenge during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The Scotsman is old fashioned in that he isn’t the type to roll around on the surface and over exaggerate so you know when he’s clutching his ankle something is seriously wrong.

That’s why when Naby Keita covered his face in horror I feared for the worst. As I already wrote, I genuinely believed that Robbo broke his ankle but it seems that is unlikely which is a massive relief.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Robertson is already without pain most of his pain which is a huge indicator that it’s not a serious ligament injury.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Andy Robertson of Liverpool reacts after an injury during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images,)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Andy Robertson of Liverpool reacts after an injury during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images,)

I’m no doctor but in 2019 I tore ligaments in my ankle during a five-a-side game and it was so painful I couldn’t even bear the weight of a duvet on my ankle so it’s massive news that Robertson is comfortable.

Following the game, Jürgen Klopp told his post-match press conference: “We obviously don’t know in the moment how serious it is. It was pretty painful and that’s why Andy went off.

“You probably saw it on the TV pictures better than we did, but he got the ball, the ball on the front of his foot, [and] twisted the ankle.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool reacts with pain after a challenge during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool reacts with pain after a challenge during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

“The pain settled already, but we cannot say anything further without further assessment tomorrow. He has to get a scan and then we will know more.”

Robertson will undergo scans on his ankle today and will then find out the severity of his injury but the hope is that he won’t be missing for too long.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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