Liverpool got a boost in their pre-season preparations as Andrew Robertson and Emre Can joined the squad in training today as they look to embark on a trip to Germany for their next set of friendlies.
While Can was away on an extended break due to the Confederations Cup, Robertson only joined us a few days back after signing from Hull City. The Scottish left-back was not a part of the Premier League Asia Trophy winning side but will look to help the Reds pick up the Audi Cup amongst other titles.
We would be departing for Germany on Wednesday and it is expected that Robertson will have a major role to play in the friendlies and the tournament as a whole, as James Milner picked up a thigh injury in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Liverpool Echo believes that the injury is not a major one for the Englishman and he hasn’t been ruled out of the games in Germany as of yet. But Klopp and the rest of the medical staff will be keeping an eye on the former Manchester City man.
This would mean a lot of minutes for Robertson in Germany and the Scot should be looking to make a big impact if he is to become our first-choice left-back ahead of the season.
In the Premier League Asia Trophy, Jon Flanagan got just a few minutes in the game against Leicester City, while Alberto Moreno should be starting the games in Germany as Robertson still needs time to gel with the squad and understand how we play.
Moreno will be sold before the end of the window and there are doubts about the future of Flanagan as well. So Robertson will have to play his socks off to prove that he is good enough to start for us.
Jurgen Klopp does have a lot of belief in the youngster and Robertson was one of the better players for Hull last season too, even though they were relegated.
The 23-year-old doesn’t have huge shoes to fill as Milner was always a stop gap. But if he can be even close to the levels that the Englishman achieved last season, we would have gotten a great signing for a rather low fee.