Jurgen Klopp will be without one of his key stars for one of the biggest games of Liverpool’s season this weekend.
The Reds boss was reportedly devastated to see Andy Robertson suffer a shoulder injury ahead of the Merseyside derby against Everton, live on talkSPORT.
Robertson was injured during Scotland’s 2-0 European Championship qualifying defeat to Spain last Thursday.
The defender put his right arm in his shirt as he was guided off the pitch and missed the 4-1 friendly defeat to France this week.
Is Robertson fit to play for Liverpool this weekend?
Robertson will miss the match against Everton this weekend as he prepares for a long spell on the sidelines.
Klopp confirmed on Friday afternoon that the left-back will undergo shoulder surgery.
The Liverpool boss said: “The decision is to go for surgery.
“There was a small chance we could try without it, but after speaking to almost all the experts, surgery will be best for him, especially in the long term.
“That means he’s out for… a while. I don’t know exactly how long, but a shoulder injury isn’t easy.
“In my experience you can train again quickly, but not specifically for football, because you have to watch out for challenges and that kind of thing. So yes, he will be out for a while.”
The news will come as a blow to Liverpool, with Robertson playing every minute for the Reds in the Premier League this season.
The simplest change would be a one-to-one swap with his deputy Kostas Tsimikas and that could indeed prove to be what Klopp does.
But the Greek international has flattered to deceive this season in the Europa League and was directly responsible for Leicester’s opener at Anfield in Liverpool’s 3-1 Carabao Cup victory last month.
This could open the door for Joe Gomez to start at left-back, where he first broke into the Liverpool team under Brendan Rodgers.
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