Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has a “50/50” chance of being involved against Arsenal this weekend, according to The Athletic‘s James Pearce.
The journalist reports that the 27-year-old did not suffer a hamstring strain during Scotland’s 2-0 win over Denmark on Monday night, but there is some “tightness”:
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) November 17, 2021
With Kostas Tsimikas in form and waiting in the wings to replace Robertson, fans on Twitter are hoping that manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t gamble with the fullback’s fitness:
Let him rest. Tsimikas should start
— Austin Ditlhobolo (@A_B_Ditlhobolo) November 17, 2021
No point risking him. We have Kostas now.
— Irsal Mürsalin (@irsalmursalin) November 17, 2021
Honestly there's a reason teams have back ups for each position. Let's not rush Robbo.
— 🇿🇲💋 (@NGO_SZA) November 17, 2021
Even if fit, I'd prefer Tsimikas….
— THIAGO 🔥 Mistakenly… (@MukhtarJibril10) November 17, 2021
Just start Kostas. He's in a sick form anyway 👍
— Bora Urkmez (@boyoztheman) November 17, 2021
No chance I’m risking him exactly what we signed Tsimkas for
— Carey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Imcareyy) November 17, 2021
Tsimikas is there no worries
— £Dw@®D (@EdwardsRilley) November 17, 2021
This should be a very easy decision for Klopp. It may be a big game versus Arsenal on Saturday but Tsimikas is very capable of filling in for the match.
The Greek international has arguably performed at a higher level than Robertson this campaign and he should be entrusted with a starting role.
Klopp may have other ideas, though. He is fiercely loyal, some may argue to a fault, when it comes to his first-team players so don’t be shocked if Robertson is named on the teamsheet.