Klopp reveals reason behind Robertson omission from Liverpool squad
By Abigail Withey
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Andy Robertson’s omission from the Liverpool squad is because the left-back is still adapting to the club’s “style of play”.
Questions were raised after the 23-year-old failed to feature on the team sheet for Liverpool’s opening two matches against Watford and Hoffenheim, but the boss insists that everything is fine.
Klopp opted to start Alberto Moreno at left-back with previous season mainstay James Milner on the bench during the side’s opening matches of the season, which prevented the Scottish defender making his competitive Reds debut.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Crystal Palace, the Anfield manager said that the defender’s development is coming along nicely.
Klopp said: “Whether he’s overly happy, I didn’t ask, but he’s in a good moment.”
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“He has developed really well so far,” the manager explained, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “He’s a really good player but it’s how it is with specialist left full-backs. You either play or it’s possible you aren’t in the squad.”
The Reds manager went on to explain that Robertson is still settling in after his move from Hull City.
“Everything is fine from my side. It’s still early,” he commented. “He came in late and still has to adapt to our style of play and all that stuff.”
“Things will change during the season and I’ve told the players that.”
Robertson moved to Anfield from relegated side Hull at the end of July in an £8 million deal.
The Scotland full-back made regular appearances for the Tigers, where he featured in 115 games, scored five goals and provided 10 assists throughout all competitions.
After Moreno’s less than impressive performance during the club’s Premier League opener against Watford last weekend, it’s likely that Robertson will make his debut as soon as he’s fully settled.
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