Ex-manager cites 'devastating' Van Dijk injury as another Liverpool star dealt 'horrific' blow
Liverpool have been dealt a “devastating blow” after Andy Robertson picked up an ankle injury in pre-season, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a young full-back would have to step up in place of the left-sided star.
The 27-year-old confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday (August 9th) he had suffered ankle ligament damage that will keep him out of action.
The injury was picked up in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
The Reds kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Norwich City on Saturday (August 14th).
McLeish admitted right before the start of the season was a “horrific” time to pick up an injury.
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He suggested Virgil van Dijk’s return to fitness could help offset the blow.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “That is horrible, horrific, to get that at the start of the season.
“Andy is a vital component for Liverpool and the Scottish national team. He has risen to an absolutely wonderful level and he will be a big loss for Liverpool.
“Losing Virgil van Dijk was absolutely massive for them. If he’s there and Andy’s not, he’s going to have to merge with a young full-back coming in.
“Devastating blow for Liverpool, definitely.”
Robertson played 50 times across all competitions for Liverpool last season.
Jurgen Klopp also has Kostas Tsimikas to call upon at left-back.
The Greece international replaced Robertson against Bilbao and started the friendly win over Osasuna.
Liverpool were without van Dijk for nine months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.