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Andy Robertson confirms he could play centre-back for Liverpool

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has revealed he is prepared for a positional change if required as Jurgen Klopp continues to grapple with the club’s ongoing injury crisis.

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Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both nursing long-term knee injuries and face the prospect of missing the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign.

This effectively leaves Joel Matip as the club’s only fit and recognised option in central defence which has forced Academy duo Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams to help fill the defensive void.

Fabinho was back in full training on Friday evening which suggests the Brazilian will be fit to face Leicester tomorrow evening having missed the best part of a month following a hamstring injury.

The Premier League champions have as many as 12 games in 42 days meaning the Liverpool boss is expected to regularly rotate between his team in the coming weeks with players required to make themselves available in more than just one position.

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Given Liverpool’s lack of defensive resources, Robertson has been one of Klopp’s first-team stars regularly tipped to cover in the heart of the defence for the Reds, and the Scotland captain has revealed he will play wherever necessary for the betterment of his team.

 

“I don’t think I’ve done it before but if the manager thinks that’s an option, then I’ll play it and do it to the best of my ability. 

“Whatever the manager asks of me, I’ll do it. Look, if that becomes an option or that becomes the case, like I said, I’ll do it to the best of my ability and I’ll try my best, like I do in any other position. 

“The centre-backs have been hit hard – Joey and Virg long-term injuries, which is devastating, and Fab on his way back and things like that. Look, we’ve still got options there. If I’m one of them, so be it. 

“All the lads here, we can all adapt to different positions and do our best in those positions. 

“We might need to do that more this season because we’ve been hit with quite a few injuries and there’s no saying that there might be more to come. But hopefully everyone now is fit and we’re only adding to the squad instead of taking away. 

“Hopefully there’s a couple that are pretty close and hopefully in a couple of weeks our squad will be back to being a really strong one.”

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Robertson, 26, was previously an injury concern for the Leicester City clash on Sunday evening after the former Hull City defender missed Scotland’s UEFA Nations League clash with Slovakia as a result of a hamstring complaint.

Despite the initial concern, Robertson started and played the full 90 minutes during Scotland’s following fixture against Israel on Wednesday night.

Speaking with Liverpool’s official website, Robertson provided an update on his physical condition and confirmed his availability for tomorrow evening.

“I feel fit, feel ready to go. I think I just got a tighter hamstring than usual against Man City, first and foremost. 

“Then obviously the game on Thursday for Scotland was a huge one and 120 minutes and penalties had took its toll on me. 

“Sunday, I wasn’t ready and just took a bit more time to recover from the game. But there wasn’t any real concerns about it. It was just the [risk] of doing anything worse to the hamstring was quite high on Sunday and the manager had made the call not to play me. Wednesday, I was good to go.

“Now I’m ready to go for Sunday, I feel fully fit, I feel ready. I know some people were quite concerned but I suppose with the amount of injuries we’ve had, people have become used to it. But I’m fully fit and ready to go.”

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