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Liverpool dealt Andy Robertson injury blow during Athletic clash

By Conor Laird Published: August 8, 2021 6:06 pm

Last Updated: August 8, 2021 9:18 pm

Premier League giants Liverpool have this evening been dealt an altogether concerning blow on the personnel front.

Robbo limps off Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently locked in pre-season action.

Amid the club’s efforts to ramp up preparations for the fast-approaching new campaign, Liverpool welcomed La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao to Anfield, for a friendly clash.

The Reds headed into proceedings with one eye no doubt on their Premier League opener next weekend, when a trip to Carrow Road to face newly-promoted Norwich City lies in wait.

Klopp, in turn, opted to field a strong starting XI this evening, featuring the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 03: Diogo Jota of Liverpool FC celebrates his second goal with his team-mate Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Atalanta BC and Liverpool FC at Gewiss Stadium on November 03, 2020 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

As outlined above, though, the Liverpool boss’ decision to return to close to full strength has since heavily backfired.

This comes with Andy Robertson, after being handed a starting berth in his customary left-back role, having been forced to depart the action with a concerning injury.

After blocking a cross from the right wing on the stroke of the interval, the Scottish international appeared to twist his right ankle. Robertson, in turn, immediately went to ground, with a lengthy spell of treatment on the part of the hosts’ medical team having followed.

The stopper’s efforts to continue, however, ultimately proved to be in vain, as Robertson, assisted by a pair of physios, hobbled back to the dressing room on the stroke of the interval.

That enforced change for the Reds has now been made at the break…

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Jota on target Robertson’s injury aside, Sunday’s Anfield matchup is currently locked at a goal apiece.

Liverpool took the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour, when Diogo Jota carried forth his fine pre-season form with a pinpoint left-footed finish.

Athletic, though, levelled things up early in the 2nd-half, when Alex Berenguer slotted home from close range at the back post.

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