Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not know ‘how serious’ an ankle injury sustained by Scotland captain Andy Robertson will be.

The Liverpool left-back captained Scotland at Euro 2020 earlier this summer and will be expected to do the same in next month’s crucial World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Robertson played every English Premier League match with the Anfield club last season but limped out of Sunday’s pre-season friendly with Athletic Bilbao.

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Robertson limped out the Liverpool friendly. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Klopp said of the Scotland captain: “We obviously don’t know in the moment how serious it is. It was pretty painful and that’s why Andy went off. You probably saw it on the TV pictures better than we did, but he got the ball, the ball on the front of his foot, [and] twisted the ankle.

“The pain settled already, but we cannot say anything further without further assessment. He has to get a scan and then we will know more.”


Robertson said after the game: “Your support was amazing! Thank you for all your messages, I’m positive but let’s see what tomorrow brings!”

Scotland face Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark, Moldova and Austria next month as the road to Qatar continues. Steve Clarke’s side won one and drew two of their opening three matches earlier this year and a bigger return of points is likely needed in September to boost qualification hopes.

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