Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has branded Scotland captain Andy Robertson “probably the best left-back in the world” as he praised Kostas Tsimikas for giving him the option to rest the Scotland skipper.

Robertson was benched for the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid and with a crucial World Cup qualifying double-header coming up for Scotland, Klopp is happy to get the chance to wrap the 27-year-old in cotton wool.

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“Kostas is very close because all the players on the bench, when they are not starting they are very close, that’s why they are on the bench and not not in the squad, for example,” Klopp said.

“Kostas has obviously a lot of quality but what I just don’t like about these kind of things is that we are always so early. What does it mean, ‘Pushed Andy Robertson?’ He pushed Andy Robertson, he is doing that, but Andy Robertson is in my eyes probably the best left-back in the world so that makes it really tricky.

“But it’s good that we have the option that we can give Robbo a rest in moments, even when he doesn’t like it and doesn’t need it in his understanding.”

Robertson will be key to Scotland’s World Cup hopes

The Liverpool star has been a big player for Scotland in recent years but his experience of big games will be vital when Clarke’s side face Moldova and Denmark.

Robertson has won the biggest trophies club football has to offer and can be a calming influence on his less experienced teammates as Scotland chase the win needed to continue our hopes of reaching the World Cup.

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