By Noel Whelan

19th Sep, 2022 | 8:30am

Andy Robertson hit by further injury blow after confirmed Liverpool news - pundit

The international break has not come at a good time for Liverpool defender Andy Robertson, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England Under-21s forward claimed the opportunity to represent Scotland would have given Robertson the chance to regain his best form.

As quoted by the Independent earlier this week (12 September), Jurgen Klopp revealed the 27-year-old will be out for “at least” three weeks with a knee injury.

As a result, the Scotland captain was not included in Steve Clarke’s 25-man squad for their upcoming Nations League games with Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland.

“Sometimes, you need international football to find your form again and be a part of something that’s very important,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ewan Kingsbury.

“When you are playing for your national side you can find your form because you’re an important player.

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“It’s a 50-50 one for me. I think sometimes when you go away on international duty you can find that form and rekindle that energy about your game.

“He’s not going to be involved in that. There are two weeks to get your knee right but you are not training, you’re getting rehab.

“You’re not going to get that sharpness and fitness, that comes from matches. You’re still going to have to find that form and belief in your game again at some point.

“He seems a strong character. When you do interviews after games he’s one that comes out straight away, and will criticise his own teammates when they are not at it. He’s got to do that to himself now.

“I don’t think it’s just about him, a lot of Liverpool players haven’t found that form, that confidence or belief.”

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