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‘That’s not good’: Steve Nicol worried about ‘absolute disaster’ now facing Liverpool player

Steve Nicol has expressed his worry at Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson picking up a shoulder injury on Scotland duty.

Scotland legend Nicol would have been tuned in on Thursday evening to watch his nation fall to an unfortunate 2-0 defeat to Spain as they bid to qualify for Euro 2024.

But the most worrying sign wasn’t the defeat, but Andy Robertson walking off with a shoulder injury, with Nicol adding ‘that’s not good’, as he told ESPN.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will have his head in his hands because this is one of the big reasons why domestic managers hate international football.

If Liverpool’s starting left-back is out of action for a while, then Kostas Tsimikas will have to fill in.

That has further worried Nicol because the Anfield legend doesn’t think the Greek fullback has the defensive qualities to replace Andy Robertson.

Spain v Scotland: Group A - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers
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Andy Robertson’s shoulder injury

“It’s not a good time for him or Liverpool, that’s for sure,” said Nicol. “We have spoken about Liverpool’s back four being their Achilles heel.

“But one of the better defenders, in amongst an Achilles heel, is Robertson. He has been as consistent as anybody at the back four.

“So, it’s absolutely a disaster for Liverpool. Now, Tsimikas is going to have to play. And he isn’t particularly a great defender. You are now starting with two fullbacks, Alexander-Arnold and Tsimikas, whose best part of their game is going forward and not defending. That’s not good.”

Spain v Scotland: Group A - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers
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Liverpool without Andy Robertson

The Reds don’t know the extent of Robertson’s injury yet, but it would be crazy to think he isn’t, at least, out of action for the short term.

At the very least, they will be cautious on their star left-back for now, with Everton paying a visit across Merseyside after the international break.

The likes of Nottingham Forest, AFC Bournemouth, Luton Town and Brentford follow. The team should be able to see through those matches without Robertson.

But it’s the showdown against Manchester City next month that Klopp will be hoping Robertson doesn’t miss because his lack of presence will be felt if he is still injured.

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