Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson has admitted that he was “lucky” to get through Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace without aggravating his ongoing ankle problem.
Robertson was ruled out of Scotland’s matches in the recent international break due to the issue, which the left-back has previously admitted has been leaving him largely unable to train before matches.
Robertson is not the only one having ankle problems in the Liverpool squad, with Mohamed Salah sitting out the weekend’s 2-1 win, and Robertson has opened up on how he braved the Selhurst Park clash instead of following suit with his teammate.
“It is still painful but, you know, it is something that I gave time for it to improve,” the defender told Liverpool’s official website.
“Keeping it moving will help it. Hopefully in time it will be better. I was desperate to play and the gaffer asked me if I was OK. I believed I was and luckily I got through the game.
“Me and Mo were in the same position. Mo was desperate to play as well and the manager made the decision [to rest Salah] and Mo was fine and accepted it.
“You don’t want to miss any games but if it means him missing one game rather than six, that is a big difference.
“Sometimes you need to be a bit clever. I have come through, Mo was not needed although he was stripped when Bobby [Roberto Firmino] scored and sat back down. Hopefully that will give him more time to settle and hopefully he will be fine for midweek.”
Liverpool’s next game sees them take on Napoli at Anfield in Champions League action on Wednesday.