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Robbo out but Klopp admits: 'We got lucky'.

Byline: IAN DOYLE and paul.gorst

ANDY ROBERTSON will miss the start of the Premier League season with ankle ligament damage- but has avoided needing surgery.

Robertson prompted a major injury scare when twisting his right ankle shortly before half-time of Sunday's 1-1 friendly against Athletic Bilbao at Anfield.

The left-back required treatment on the field but was able to leave the field without the need for a stretcher.

Robertson underwent scans yesterday and was pictured leaving the city's Spire Hospital on crutches with his right foot in a brace.

That, though, is standard practice for injured Liverpool players until the extent of the damage has been ascertained.

And Robertson has confirmed that while he will need a period of recuperation, the problem is not considered too serious.

"Thanks to everyone for the kind messages and support," he said on social media.

"Scan suggests nothing too major but there's some ligament damage which will need to mend.

"I will be grafting every day so I can help the team again sooner rather than later."

With Robertson now absent, Kostas Tsimikas is considered favourite to line up for Liverpool's Premier League opener at Norwich City on Saturday evening.

But Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool "got lucky" with the severity of Robertson's injury - the Reds boss has not ruled out a return for the Scotland captain immediately after the international break in early September.

Robertson was taken off on the cusp of half-time of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Athletic Club after hurting his right ankle.

Klopp believes the Reds were fortunate not to be without their influential left-back for longer as he offered a small hint of when Robertson may be able to make his comeback.

"Timeframe? Not really, but I think we got lucky with that," Klopp told LFCTV.

"It could have been much worse. You saw the footage and it didn't look well but I think we got lucky.

"I am not sure [if he will return] before the international break or after, it is difficult in this situation, but [it won't be] too long.

"But yes, we have Kostas Tsimikas at the back, which is nice as well."

Klopp was speaking after the Reds ended their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 win over Osasuna at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino scored twice to add to Takumi Minamino's opener as Liverpool signed off in style from a busy pre-season that has taken them from two venues in Austria to Evian-les-Bains and back to Merseyside.

"How Leighton Clarkson showed up when he came on!" Klopp added.

"He is not the tallest, but he has a big heart and played super football, so when he plays as a No.6 he can win challenges.

"He may not get up in the air, but he can play along the ground. I really liked it tonight.

"It was really good and how it should be. The last line defended well together, and the goals we scored were outstanding.

"We could have scored earlier, it was a super pass from Ibou (Ibrahima Konate) to Taki (Minamino) which he couldn't finish off but then the next one he finished off.

"The secondhalf was harder. I asked the boys to control it more, mix the rhythm and obviously it wasn't too easy to do. They tried and with all the changes, it got to rhythm, but it was good.

"Kostas showed up in pre-season and was good tonight and on top of that was needed anyway.

"So having a long pre-season together obviously helps and we can spend time on the training ground and we can work out some good ideas and I saw that tonight."

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Author:IAN DOYLE and paul.gorst
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2021
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