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Andy Robertson out for three months

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Andy Robertson is set to be sidelined for around three months as the Liverpool left-back prepares to undergo shoulder surgery.
The Scotland captain was hurt in last week’s Euro 2024 qualifying defeat to Spain following a challenge with goalkeeper Unai Simon.
Robertson, who dislocated his right shoulder, returned to Liverpool to discuss the best course of action with club medical staff and specialists.
Without surgery, he could have been back playing within four weeks but that would have carried a significant risk of it happening again.
Instead, it was felt that the most sensible and responsible decision was for him to have an operation which will lead to around 10 to 12 weeks out. The surgery is expected to take place early next week.
It means Robertson is unlikely to play again until 2024 and will be missing for crunch Premier League matches against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.
The 29-year-old, who has been ever-present in the Premier League so far this season, has clocked up 275 appearances for Liverpool since his £8million (now $9.7m) move from Hull City in 2017 and this will be the longest absence of his Anfield career.
Greece international Kostas Tsimikas is set to deputise at left-back — starting with Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
Other options for Klopp in that department over the coming months include youngsters Luke Chambers and Calum Scanlon. Chambers left the England Under-19s squad last week after turning his ankle, but Scanlon has trained with Klopp’s squad this week.
 
Luke Chambers may actually "do a Quansah". He was targeted by Leverkusen earlier in the summer.


 
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Hardly a surprise, at least he'll be like a new signing in the new year.

Step up the Greek scouse.
 
Gomez' initial games for the first team were at LB and in fairness he looked OK there.

That said, being down to only one specialist in that or any other position worries me a bit.
 
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He's not been great at the back this season, but our depth is shocking so i'd rather an off-form Robbo than an on-form Gomez or Tsimi.

Gomez could work well if it means we play more like a solid back 3 with Trent floating. Tsimi might be a luxury attacking LB we can't afford if Trent is doing new Trent things.
 
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Love the Thiago, do not resuscitate.
 
It's somewhat frightening how dependent we are on Gomez this season to plug gaps from injuries to Konate, Trent and now Robbo.

I don't mind Gomez tbh but what happens when we need him to play two positions simultaneously (one of which is already a hybrid role).
 
He's been below par this season but, all things considered, he's the best LB we've ever had. So this ain't good news.
 
Do not want Gomez at LB. Our system is dependent on the overlap. He can do nothing with his left foot. The Greek will start flying down our wing.
 
Gomez has had a good start to the season, but we have to go with Kostas for balance. Have a look at the young kid in the cups.
 
Kostas i don't think has been nearly as bad as others have made out. Certainly no worse than Robertson when playing. Consistent playing time could be great for us

Kostas first choice, chambers as our cup LB
 
Huge loss imo. Below his best or not. Hopefully the Greek can excel with an extended run.
 
Do not want Gomez at LB. Our system is dependent on the overlap. He can do nothing with his left foot. The Greek will start flying down our wing.

Gomez is a decent left back and could pair well with Trent doing his thing.

You are right that he will not offer much up front, but if we just keep Diaz wide, it would be fine.
 
Kostas i don't think has been nearly as bad as others have made out. Certainly no worse than Robertson when playing. Consistent playing time could be great for us

Kostas first choice, chambers as our cup LB

My only worry is that Kostas is not a great defender and I worry about him dropping into a 3. We could keep Trent at home and have Dominic and Mac play double pivot and let Kostas and Trent roam forward as much as they like.
 
It's obviously not great, because Robertson is an important player, but this is what you have back up for, and Tsimikas is fairly experienced now. It's fairly unlikely that we would have had more than 2 experienced left backs at the club, especially when Robertson has been so good.

Tsimikas as first choice, also give Chambers a chance and then Gomez to step in if needs be.
 
Gomez' initial games for the first team were at LB and in fairness he looked OK there.

That said, being down to only one specialist in that or any other position worries me a bit.

Yeah this was when he was good. That half hour back then
 
Kostas i don't think has been nearly as bad as others have made out. Certainly no worse than Robertson when playing. Consistent playing time could be great for us

Kostas first choice, chambers as our cup LB

Shame we didnt get a new LCB this summer, eh.
I don't think Kostas has 'cost us' this season. Don't get me wrong, I'd sell him for someone younger in the summer, but now he has the chance to have a string of games to prove his worth
 
Kostas is clearly first choice over Gomez but if the Greek either struggles or gets hurt, would we really play Chambers over Gomez? I can't see it.
 
Kostas done ok that first half, few hoofed clearances and given away few fouls but also put in some decent crosses.

Would like to see a little more from him supporting Diaz 2nd half now Young been sent off.
 
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