Jurgen Klopp hints 'outstanding' Liverpool player won't be starting v Southampton
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has strongly hinted that Andrew Robertson could start against Southampton today.
The Liverpool defender has been the first-choice left-back for much of his time at Anfield.
However, Robertson’s position as a starter is under threat this season, with Kostas Tsimikas also in great form.
Robertson picked up an ankle injury in pre-season after returning from captaining Scotland at Euro 2020.
He also returned from the latest international break with a new setback, and Tsimikas has been performing superbly in his absence.
Indeed, many Liverpool fans have been calling for the Greece international to start games ahead of Robertson.
However, Klopp’s latest comments on the two left-backs seem to suggest that Robertson will remain his first choice.
While Tsimikas started against Porto in midweek, Klopp replaced him with Robertson after the hour mark.
And the Liverpool manager hinted towards Robertson returning to the starting XI against Southampton.
“He’s pushing but I don’t see it as pushing in that sense,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo when asked about Tsimikas.
“Robbo is Robbo and Robbo, it’s a bit strange that people constantly forget how good Robbo is in these moments just because Kostas is good as well.
“I’m really happy about the development of Kostas, really happy. But Robbo is Robbo. He’s an outstanding player.
“I don’t know if he had drops here and there in performance, it doesn’t change my mind because you cannot trust people today and not trust them the next day.
“You have to show these kind of things and then you get the long-term best out of players. That’s why I don’t have a difficult decision to make.”
Klopp was nonetheless eager to talk up Tsimikas’ talent, attitude and reliability, also calling him “outstanding”.
He added: “I’m really happy that Kostas shows up like he shows up. He’s an outstanding player.
“Robbo needed half a year, Kostas needed around about a year. That’s how it is but now we see how good he really is and that’s really good news for us.”
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