Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was forced off with an apparent injury during the club’s pre-season friendly meeting with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The 27-year-old rolled his ankle before walking off the pitch with assistance from Reds physios during the first half of the match at Anfield.
The incident occured as Robertson attempted to block a cross from Bilbao’s Alex Berenguer shortly before the interval.
The left-back, who played every minute for Scotland at Euro 2020, appeared to be in some pain while lying on the turf.
He was treated in front of the Kop end for a considerable amount of time, with a stretcher initially being called.
However, the Liverpool man was eventually able to clamber to his feet and hobble down the tunnel, flanked by two members of Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff.
The 40,000-strong Anfield crowd rose to their feet and applauded Robertson as he made his way off the pitch.
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He was replaced by teenager Owen Beck as the opening 45 minutes drew to a close, with the hosts enjoying a slender lead thanks to Diogo Jota’s early goal.
Liverpool will be sweating over the potential severity of Robertson’s injury ahead of the new Premier League season, which gets underway in less than a week.
The Reds will travel to Norwich City on Saturday with high hopes of kicking off a renewed title challenge by taking all three points from the newly-promoted Canaries.
Robertson played in every game for Liverpool last season as the Merseyside outfit sealed a third-placed finish, 18 points adrift of champions Manchester City.
If the Scot is deemed unfit to play against Norwich, Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas could be given the nod on the left side of Liverpool’s back four.
Klopp underlined his belief that Robertson is one of the world’s finest players back in March, hailing the latter’s important role in a Reds side decimated by injuries last season.
“Andy Robertson has been so consistent for us and is without doubt a leader in our dressing room,” the Reds boss told reporters.
“The public often sees the ‘fun’ Robbo when he’s doing media appearances or is caught on camera with his teammates. But that persona sometimes hides his other qualities.
“Incredibly brave, incredibly smart and someone who is very serious about his work. You don’t become one of the best players in the world in your position without being the complete package.”
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