Andy Robertson has been a big miss for Liverpool through injury in recent months, but a positive update has emerged regarding his likely return date.
The Scot has been a truly great servant for the Reds since joining from Hull City in the summer of 2017, arguably even becoming the best left-back in the club’s history.
Robertson has won almost everything possible in his time at Liverpool to date – Europa League glory this season would complete the set – with his defensive resilience and attacking quality both so consistent down the years.
Unfortunately, the Reds have had to make do without the 29-year-old since he suffered a serious shoulder injury with Scotland in the autumn, meaning his most recent appearance at club level came away to Brighton in early October.
While Kostas Tsimikas has done a good job since then, he is now also a long-term absentee, meaning Joe Gomez is having to slot in at left-back.
Liverpool have been boosted by a fresh update regarding Robertson, however, with Football Insider reporting that he is expected to be back from injury “between the middle and end of January”.
It is claimed that he is “making progress behind the scenes and could now be back playing in a few weeks’ time”, which will come as a massive relief to Jurgen Klopp.
Our thoughts on Robertson’s January return…
Robertson coming back from injury was always going to be a big moment in Liverpool’s season, but the fact that Tsimikas is now also out makes it even more vital for him to be back as soon as possible.
In fairness to Gomez, he is doing an admirable job at left-back currently, but he is limited in the role, and his teammate will give the Reds so much more balance and attacking width upon his return.
Liverpool may be thriving in the Premier League currently, but Robertson is still someone whose fight and quality are missed hugely, and while he may take some time to get his rhythm back, and could end up being a pivotal figure in the title race.
The experience that the Scotland captain has gained is priceless, with 275 Reds appearances now to his name, and to have him back in the coming weeks feels significant.