While the injury sustained by Andy Robertson against Athletic Club today is awful news, it represents a huge chance for Kostas Tsimikas.
The left-back picked up what looked like a serious injury just before half-time. Robertson rolled his ankle as he slid to block a cross.
His teammates immediately rushed to his aid with concerned looks on their faces. A stretcher was brought out as everyone feared the worst.
Robertson was able to put some pressure on it as he was assisted off the pitch, but it does not look good.
At worst, it could be an ankle break, but the best case is probably still a few weeks out.
It is awful news for Liverpool. Robertson is the best left-back in the world and the Reds will miss him majorly for however long he is out.
But it could be worse.
That is because, for once, we look to have a decent second-choice left-back at the club.
We haven’t seen much of him, but it is time for Tsimikas to step up.
Tsimikas the best-possible Robertson back-up
Injury meant that we saw very little of the Greek international last season. Yet what we did see from him was relatively impressive.
This has continued in pre-season, where Tsimikas has looked quite promising.
There is no doubting that he is still an unknown quantity. But Liverpool would not have spent £11.75m for him (Sky Sports) if they didn’t think he was good enough.
Judging on the little we have seen, plus his numbers from his Olympiakos days, Tsimikas should be more than capable of playing the first few games of the season.
Even if the worst is the reality, we back the 25-year-old to hold the fort for a few months.
The key is having regulars around him. If Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson are fit and in form for the next while, we would have very few worries about Tsimikas.
He is not going to be as good as Robertson. But nobody is.
Let’s all give him the support he needs as he faces into what will be an exciting few weeks for the player.