During Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Spain, Robertson collided with goalkeeper Unai Simon and had to be substituted in the first half. He left the field with his arm in a makeshift sling and was replaced by Nathan Patterson. As a result, Robertson did not participate in Scotland’s friendly against France and is now expected to undergo shoulder surgery, which will likely keep him out of action for a significant period.
Klopp confirmed the news, stating, “The decision will likely lean towards surgery. Although there was a slight chance he could try to recover without it, consultations with several experts have indicated that surgery is the best long-term solution. This means he will be out for a while. I don’t have the exact timeframe, but shoulder surgery is a complex procedure.”
While the injury is a setback for Liverpool, Klopp expressed confidence in the team’s depth and alternate options for the left-back position. Kostas Tsimikas is the most likely candidate to replace Robertson, with Joe Gomez also capable of filling in if needed.
Klopp acknowledged the importance of having multiple options, particularly considering the demanding schedule of matches. He said, “Thankfully, we have other players like Kostas who can step in. Given the number of games we have, we would be stretched thin if it were not for additional options. Joe Gomez can also play in that position, and we have promising young players like Luke Chambers who have been performing well in training.”
Liverpool’s upcoming Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield will be played without Robertson’s presence. Although his absence will be felt, Klopp is confident in the abilities of the available alternatives and stressed the importance of utilizing the team’s depth to manage the workload effectively.