Andy Robertson’s frustration was clear to see after his yellow card against Bayern Munich. The Scot picked it up in stoppage time of Liverpool’s 3-1 win, ruling him out of the quarter-final first leg.
The fans joined Robertson in that frustration and understandably so. He’s one of the most important players in the side and there isn’t a strong replacement.
It’s safe to say that Alberto Moreno doesn’t have everyone’s faith, while it’s nearly two years since James Milner played there regularly.
But in all honesty, it’s not the worst thing to happen. Robertson was a yellow away from suspension and if he was going to miss any game, the next game is the one.
You’d rather miss the quarter-final first leg than the second and certainly more than a potential semi-final first leg.
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And so Robertson’s yellow coming when 3-1 up against Bayern was actually ideal.
He could have soldiered on through the quarters, playing on a yellow the whole time. That’s not a great situation, though. You don’t want to potentially face Lionel Messi with a left-back who can’t take too many risks.
Instead, Liverpool know exactly what they have for that first leg. If it is Milner, he’ll play there with a clear mind – something Robertson wouldn’t have had.
Jurgen Klopp now has control of the situation. He now knows that he’ll have his first-choice left-back available for the second leg and beyond.
If it wasn’t for the yellow card, he simply couldn’t have guaranteed that.