Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is likely to undergo surgery on the shoulder injury sustained on international duty with Scotland.
The defender was taken off in the first half of Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Spain after he collided with goalkeeper Unai Simon. He walked off with his arm in a makeshift sling and was replaced by Nathan Patterson.
Robertson did not feature in Scotland’s friendly against France earlier this week and is now expected to have surgery on his shoulder. He will likely be sidelined for a number of months.
Klopp said: “The decision will go towards surgery. There was a little chance he could try without, but after talking to a lot of experts, it looks like surgery will be the best thing in the long term and that means he is out for a while.
“I don’t know exact for how long, but shoulder surgery is not an easy one.
“In my experience, he can train pretty quickly again but not football-specific because he has to be careful, there are challenges and all these kinds of things. He will be out for a while.”
The injury blow comes ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield. Robertson has played in every Premier League game for Liverpool so far this season, but Klopp has other options to replace the left-back.
Kostas Tsimikas will be the likely replacement for Robertson, while Joe Gomez can also deputise.
“Thank God it’s not only Kostas we have like that because otherwise with the amount of games we have, we would be short,” said Klopp.
“Joe Gomez can play the position. Luke Chambers and other young boys who are showing up in training quite frequently.
“You need options and Kostas is the most experienced, which is good. But he cannot play all the games for now on so we need other options and we have to make sure we can use all of them.”