Andy Robertson has said that he is raring to go for this Sunday evening’s clash with Leicester City in the Premier League and that he is willing to play centre-back in the coming weeks if Jurgen Klopp needs him to.
The Reds have an opportunity to get back to the top of the table with a win over the Foxes this weekend but will have to do so whilst missing several key players.
In defence, the issues are most stark with Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold all missing – with the former pair out for the long-term.
Indeed, that has prompted Robertson to say that, if needed, he would fill in at centre-half, should Klopp ask him to.
He said via the club’s official website:
“I don’t think I’ve done it before but if the manager thinks that’s an option, then I’ll play it and do it to the best of my ability.
“Whatever the manager asks of me, I’ll do it. Look, if that becomes an option or that becomes the case, I’ll do it to the best of my ability and I’ll try my best, like I do in any other position.
“The centre-backs have been hit hard – Joey and Virg long-term injuries, which is devastating, and Fab on his way back and things like that. We’ve still got options there. If I’m one of them, so be it. ”
The left-back also revealed that he is fine fitness-wise after a brief scare on international duty saw him miss one of Scotland’s matches with a hamstring problem:
“I feel fit, feel ready to go. I think I just got a tighter hamstring than usual against Man City (a fortnight ago), first and foremost.
“Then obviously the game on Thursday for Scotland was a huge one and 120 minutes and penalties had took its toll on me.
“Sunday, I wasn’t ready and just took a bit more time to recover from the game. But there wasn’t any real concerns about it.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This is the sort of attitude we’ve come to expect from Jurgen Klopp’s side, that willingness to work hard and get the job done no matter what the situation.
Having Robertson fit down the left is a huge advantage as there seemed a chance around this time last week that Liverpool would have an entire back-four missing for the Leicester game.
He is raring to go, though, and hopefully he’ll help inspire a positive result.