Liverpool were dealt an injury blow less than a week before the start of the Premier League season after Andy Robertson hobbled off in a friendly against Athletic Bilbao at Anfield.
The Scotland left-back, who started every league match last season, had to be helped from the pitch by the medical team shortly before half-time after badly twisting his ankle while he attempted to stop a cross by Álex Berenguer.
Virgil van Dijk continued his comeback by playing 71 minutes, the most he has managed since his anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in October. Diogo Jota put Liverpool ahead in the first half following a flowing move but the visitors hit back in the second period through Berenguer.
On Robertson’s injury, Jürgen Klopp said: “We don’t know in the moment how serious it is. It was pretty painful. The pain settled already but we cannot say anything without further assessment tomorrow. He will get a scan and then we will know more.”
Robertson tweeted on Sunday evening: “Your support today was amazing! Thank you for all your messages, I’m positive but let’s see what tomorrow brings!”
Alongside Van Dijk, Liverpool fielded a strong side featuring Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joël Matip, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. Another XI will be on show at Anfield on Monday night when they welcome Osasuna, with Thiago Alcântara and Jordan Henderson expected to play.
Klopp’s team begin their league campaign at Norwich on Saturday and travelling supporters will be hoping for a more comfortable experience than Sunday, when large queues meant kick-off against Athletic was 30 minutes late. The club apologised to fans after its new electronic ticketing system forced the delay.
“We apologise wholeheartedly to all fans impacted by the delayed entry into Anfield today. This was due to issues relating to access processes and match-day operations,” said a Liverpool statement.
“We understand how frustrating this has been for our supporters, who have been looking forward to getting back into Anfield. We will be doing a full debrief of today’s entry process to identify why the system was slower than expected and will endeavour to ensure such issues are addressed ahead of Monday night’s match against Osasuna. We thank supporters for their patience and understanding.”