Andrew Robertson Back in Liverpool Training for Fulham Clash
After overcoming the Cottagers two weeks ago at Anfield in a thrilling comeback, Jurgen Klopp‘s team now leads 2-1 overall.
Now that their valuable full-back is back, the Reds will benefit even more from his absence of more than three months due to a dislocated shoulder.
When Robertson was playing for Scotland on international duty in October, they lost 2-0 on the road in Spain.
Since then, the 29-year-old has missed 21 of Liverpool’s games across all competitions. Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas have filled in for him.
However, there is good news: before the Fulham match, assistant Pep Lijnders told the media, “[Robertson] trained yesterday with the team.” After 13 weeks, he met with the surgeon to confirm that everything was in order and that there was no obstruction.
“He’s fit in terms of sports science since he put in a lot of work and had excellent rehabilitation over the past few months. He must now become in shape through appropriate team training.” Lijnders added
“Having him back is a huge, huge benefit. It took a while for us to wait. He’s going to [go to Fulham]. The medical staff has stated that it’s a coaching choice, so if he trains well today, he’s in.”
Over the last five games, Gomez has been forced to fill a new position at left-back after Tsimikas sustained an injury against Arsenal at the end of 2023.
Tsimikas cracked his collarbone in a challenge with Bukayo Saka. He had surgery afterward, and he probably won’t be back for at least another two weeks.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, on the other side, will find the semi-final too soon as Lijnders has stated that Liverpool’s FA Cup match against Norwich City this coming weekend is a more likely time for a comeback.
Conor Bradley, who made an impression in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth by helping his team maintain a clean sheet and providing an assist for Diogo Jota’s second goal, should start at right-back again as a result.
In other injury news, Dominik Szoboszlai will not be fit for the trip to Craven Cottage either, but similar to Alexander-Arnold, he might be able to play in Sunday’s match against Norwich.