Concerns Grow Over Robertson’s Injury Ahead of Merseyside Derby
Liverpool, in the wake of the international break, are faced with unsettling news as they prepare to face Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield this weekend. Manager Jurgen Klopp has been dealt a double blow, with Andy Robertson’s injury taking center stage.
Robertson’s Shoulder Woes Raise Surgery Fears
Andy Robertson, the dependable left-back, sustained a severe shoulder injury while representing Scotland during the international break. The incident occurred in Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifying match against Spain, where Robertson collided with the Spanish goalkeeper, Unai Simon. This unfortunate incident forced his early substitution.
After being hurriedly sent back to Merseyside, Robertson’s condition was subjected to thorough assessment. Now, Liverpool is anxiously awaiting the results of scans to determine the extent of the damage. There is growing concern within the Liverpool camp that the 29-year-old may require surgery to mend his dislocated shoulder. If such a scenario unfolds, Robertson could face a significant period on the sidelines, a worrying prospect for Klopp as his team continues to juggle commitments on multiple fronts.
Uncertainty Surrounds Young Winger Ben Doak
Liverpool’s injury woes do not stop at Robertson. Klopp’s concerns deepened with another injury setback, this time involving promising 17-year-old winger Ben Doak. Doak, who was initially making waves in the Scotland under-21 squad, had to withdraw from their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Malta due to a fitness setback.
In a game where Doak had earned and scored a penalty, he was replaced shortly after the hour mark during the U21’s 3-1 victory over Hungary. The nature and extent of Doak’s injury remain uncertain, leaving Klopp with yet another availability concern on the eve of the Merseyside derby.
As Liverpool braces for this crucial clash against Everton, Klopp faces a testing period with his squad’s fitness and availability in question. The injury updates on both Robertson and Doak will be closely monitored, and the Reds will hope for positive news ahead of the weekend’s showdown.