Jurgen Klopp issues injury updates for Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson before Liverpool’s trip to Burnley

Sadio Mane required stitches for the cut on his foot (AMA/Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp is hopeful over Andrew Robertson’s availability for Liverpool’s clash with Burnley on Wednesday but admits Sadio Mane is unlikely to feature.

Robertson suffered a dead leg in the 1-0 win over Everton, while Mane required stitches to heal the cut on his foot after the last-gasp victory at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool travel to Turf Moor on Wednesday evening and will be looking to keep pace with Manchester City, who play Watford on Tuesday night, at the top of the Premier League.

‘Sadio and Robbo, we need to have another look today,’ Klopp said on Tuesday.

Andrew Robertson suffered a dead leg against Liverpool (AMA/Getty Images)‘Sadio had a really awful cut on his foot, it needed to be stitched.

‘It’s okay. He is walking around here now in flip-flops, and we don’t play in flip-flops.

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‘Today, at this moment, he is not ready, but we will see later.

‘With Robbo it’s not that serious, but like with Sadio we need to have a look.’

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Liverpool star Andrew Robertson slams PSG and suggests they set unwanted Champions League record

Andrew Robertson was frustrated with Neymar’s time-wasting antics (Picture: Getty)Frustrated Liverpool star Andrew Robertson believes PSG were on the verge of setting a Champions League record for time-wasting during Wednesday’s defeat at the Parc des Princes.

Goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar helped the runaway Ligue 1 leaders to a 2-1 victory which condemned Jurgen Klopp’s side to a third consecutive defeat away from home in this season’s competition.

Liverpool can still qualify for the knockout phase by winning their final Group C match at home to Napoli in a fortnight’s time, but Robertson believes his side were denied the opportunity to seal their progression last night as a result of PSG’s play acting, which he claims influenced the performance of referee Szymon Marciniak.

Asked about the opposition’s playacting, he told LFCTV: ‘You can say that again. I would like to know how much time they actually wasted throughout this game. They could have set a new record tonight. Every opportunity they got they were rolling about.

‘That’s what you get with this team. People will face that again. It’s very frustrating but that’s what they do. It’s all a big act. We played up to it unfortunately tonight. The ref was definitely fooled by it all.’

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Andrew Robertson claims referee Szymon Marciniak was conned by PSG’s playacting (Picture: Getty)Klopp was similarly agitated by PSG’s antics, adding: ‘Everyone knows what they want to do, especially what Neymar wants to do.

‘They get 50 free-kicks. We look like butchers but we are a completely normal football team.

‘They go down in every situation, it’s unbelievable. That was really hard to deal with and didn’t help us obviously.’

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Andrew Robertson reveals the club he almost joined before Liverpool in 2017

Andrew Robertson has been one of Liverpool’s best players this season (Getty Images)Andrew Robertson has flourished into one of the most influential left-back’s in the Premier League since signing for Liverpool in 2017 but it all could have been very different for the 24-year-old.

Jurgen Klopp swooped to sign the recently appointed Scotland captain that summer following Hull City’s relegation from the Premier League, bringing him to Anfield in a bargain £8m deal.

However, Robertson has revealed that he came close to signing for Stoke City, who have since joined Hull in the Championship, before Liverpool entered the race for his signature.

In an interview with Open Goal, Robertson said: “Stoke were quite interested in me. Mark Hughes had liked me and I think there was a wee bit of chat with them.

“So I was thinking they were a really good option; I think they finished top 10 that season and I was trying to get my head on a move to Stoke.

“I was thinking they were really keen, and at that point, under Mark Hughes, they were playing good football. They had Erik Pieters; I wasn’t sure if I was going in as back-up to him as he was flying that season.”

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Some questioned the logic in Klopp signing a defender that had just been relegated and it took Robertson a while to cement his place in Liverpool’s back four, with Alberto Moreno initially preferred.

However, an injury to Moreno paved the way for Robertson to stake a claim in the side and by the end of the season he had emerged as a key figure during Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final and a second successive top-four finish.

This season, Robertson has delighted Liverpool supporters and Fantasy Football enthusiasts alike with his influential performances on the left flank, supplying three assists from his 11 Premier League appearances to date.

Only Mohamed Salah (24) and Roberto Firmino (17) have created more chances in Liverpool’s squad than Robertson (16) while Jose Holebas and Hector Bellerin (both four) are the only defenders in the Premier League to record more assists.

Robertson captained Scotland to a 4-0 Nations League win over Albania on Saturday and is expected to start for Liverpool when they face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

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Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson labels Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard as one of the top five players in the world

Eden Hazard scored against England in the World Cup 3rd place play-off (Getty Images)Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson has hailed Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as one of the top five players in the world ahead of Scotland’s clash with Belgium.

Hazard was one of the stars of the World Cup after captaining Belgium to the semi-finals and he was awarded the Silver Ball given to the second best player in the competition for his efforts.

Due to his exploits in Russia, Hazard has been eased back into the Chelsea team this season, although he has still managed two goals and two assists in four Premier League appearances.

Robertson has enjoyed an equally strong start to the season with Liverpool but he admitted that he will have to be on his toes to stop Hazard at Hampden Park.

‘He is probably in the top five [players in the world] at the minute. I have come up against him many times so I know what threat he can have,’ Robertson said.

Eden Hazard has started the season in sparkling form (Getty Images)‘Even if he is having a quiet game, he can pop up at any point and turn a game. That is what we are up against.

‘He is special. The way he turns and gets at players and commits two or three defenders, there’s not many that have that.

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‘He has been unbelievable for Chelsea and Belgium and it is somebody that we need to watch.

‘The problem with Belgium is, you can’t focus on just Hazard because somebody else pops up. We have to be aware of all of their threats.

‘We will be ready for them and do our best to stop them but we must cause them problems going the other way as well.’

Andrew Robertson has been rewarded for his form with the Scotland captaincy (Getty Images)Chelsea managed to hang onto Hazard this season despite interest from Real Madrid and are keen to extend his contract beyond 2020 when his current deal expires.

Maurizio Sarri will be desperate to hang onto him for the long-term following Hazard’s start to the campaign with the winger helping Chelsea win all four league games.

The only team currently above Chelsea in the Premier League table is Liverpool and Robertson has been integral to their fast start, supplying two assists in four matches.

Following his miraculous rise since joining Liverpool last summer, Robertson has been named Scotland captain by Alex McCleish this week.

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Jurgen Klopp says Andy Robertson & Sadio Mane are struggling ahead of Roma clash

The Scottish defender has not trained since Tuesday’s win over Roma at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Andy Robertson was left on the bench for Liverpool’s goalless draw with Stoke City because he has not been able to train since facing Roma.

The Liverpool manager made four changes for Saturday’s Premier League encounter, with Robertson an unused substitute and Sadio Mane not even in the squad due to a thigh problem.

Klopp’s squad has been hit by a string of injuries, notably Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midweek, but he appears optimistic that Robertson and Mane will be back for the trip to Rome.

Liverpool’s play lacked some of the energy and tempo of Tuesday’s thriller against Roma (Getty)He told Sky Sports: ‘We are not in the most comfortable decision, squad wise.

‘We had Andy Robertson couldn’t train in the last few days, we tested today before the game and he was ready for the bench.

Mane was not in the squad as he nurses a thigh injury picked up against Roma (Picture: Getty)‘Could have played, then. But we made that decision today, he gave the green light today.

‘Sadio couldn’t, the other boys played, so far I’ve heard nothing serious happened.’

In his post-match press conference, he added on Mane: ‘Sadio did not play but he will be fine for Wednesday.’

Klopp also revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold was withdrawn with a dead leg, though should be fine for Liverpool’s Champions League tie on Wednesday, while Jordan Henderson was able to finish the match against Stoke despite a knock.

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Jurgen Klopp rotates Liverpool side for West Brom clash with Roberto Firmino rested

The Brazilian is on the bench with Tuesday’s tie against Roma in mind (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has once again rung the changes for Liverpool’s Premier League clash against West Brom, with Roberto Firmino notably among the players rested.

The Merseysiders have a Champions League semi-final against Roma to prepare for on Tuesday, and Klopp has named a strong line-up while also shuffling his pack.

With Firmino only on the bench, Danny Ings is picked to lead the line though there is still significant firepower either side of him in the form of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

There’s one change in midfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given a rest, while the defence has been heavily changed.

Joe Gomez returns from injury to start at right-back, Alberto Moreno replaces Andrew Robertson on the opposite flank and Ragnar Klavan partners Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence.

West Brom, meanwhile, have named an unchanged XI from the side that stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Jay Rodriguez, scorer of the winning goal last Sunday, continues up front alongside Solomon Rondon as the Baggies continue their increasingly doomed fight for Premier League survival.

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Andy Robertson misses Liverpool’s clash with Everton due to calf injury

Andy Robertson is out of Liverpool’s clash with Everton. (Getty Images)Andy Robertson has failed to make the bench for Liverpool’s Merseyside derby with Everton on Saturday.

The 24-year-old has been in superb form for Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent weeks and impressed once more in the 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League earlier this week.

But Robertson was not named in Liverpool’s matchday squad for the trip to Goodison Park as he failed to overcome a calf injury.

Mohamed Salah was also not named as a substitute after he was forced off against Manchester City with a groin problem.

But Klopp is hopeful that both Salah and Robertson will feature at the Etihad Stadium for their quarter-final second leg on Tuesday.

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‘There’s always close talks to the medical department, who is 100 per cent you always have to wait until the last minute with short breaks between games,’ Klopp told Sky Sports.

‘He’s [Salah] injured, hopefully i don’t think its really serious and hell be available for Tuesday but for today he wasn’t available.

‘That’s the case, it’s the same with Robbo [Robertson].

‘Bobby [Firmino] played a lot of games and we played a lot of games and we have two fresh strikers there, so it makes sense to make that change.

‘I always think about how we can win the next game and you need fresh legs for that, that’s why I made the changes.’

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Liverpool have already shown up Manchester City’s weaknesses, says Andy Robertson

Andy Robertson has enjoyed breakthrough season at left-back for Liverpool (Picture:Getty)Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is excited by the prospect of facing Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals because he believes the Reds’ have already seen their weaknesses.

Pep Guardiola’s side suffered their only Premier League defeat of the season so far when Jurgen Klopp’s men edged out the division’s runaway leaders 4-3 at Anfield in January.

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Liverpool may be the only team to have beaten City in the Premier League so far this season, but Robertson has nothing but respect for the quality of Guardiola’s champions-elect.

“I think it will be such a hard game. It’s the quarter-finals of the Champions League and I think if we’d have got any of the teams it was never going to be easy,” the 24-year-old told Liverpool’s website.

“It doesn’t get much harder than Man City, arguably one of the best teams in Europe just now.

“But we managed to get the better of them at Anfield a couple of months ago and if we can take anything out of that performance then we managed to show their weaknesses, especially in that 10 minutes when we scored three goals.

“But they also showed our weaknesses by scoring three goals, which obviously we weren’t happy with and in a two-legged tie that might not have been good enough.

“We look forward to it, it’ll be a massive occasion. The fans will be loud as usual and I’m sure they’ll try to make it hostile for Man City and hopefully give us a lift from it.

“If we can do that then we’ll just look to put in a good performance and hopefully get a good result to take to the Etihad in the following week.”

Whatever the result, the Scotland international is expecting an intense encounter between the Premier League’s two top-scoring sides.

“I think you see the way the two teams play, it’s going to be intense, it’s going to be a high-tempo game,” the Reds left-back continued.

“Whether Man City are better than us on the night or whether we’re better than them on the night, that’ll still be there, the high tempo. It might come down to one mistake or whatever and we just hope it’s not us.”

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Liverpool star Andrew Robertson fit to face Manchester United after injury

Andrew Robertson is fit to face Manchester United after injury (Picture: Getty)Andrew Robertson has been passed fit to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday after the Liverpool defender recovered from a knock.

The Scotland left-back missed Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Porto on Tuesday after sustaining an injury in the Reds’ 2-0 win against Newcastle at Anfield last Saturday.

The injury forced Robertson to miss training earlier this week and Alberto Moreno was in line to deputise at the Theatre of Dreams.

However, Robertson was able to participate in a training session with his team-mates on Friday and is winning the race to start against Jose Mourinho’s side.

Klopp named a weakened side against Porto (Picture: Getty)Klopp named Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah on his bench for the 0-0 draw against Porto but the pair are expected to start against United.

Mourinho’s had his own dose of good news this week with Maraoune Fellaini and Eric Bailly returning from injury and in line to feature against the Reds.

Fellaini has started just one game in five months after a troublesome knee injury, while Bailly after three months.

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Porto ball boy tried to steal Liverpool hat-trick hero Sadio Mane’s match ball

The Senegalese forward was in sensational form in Portugal on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)Liverpool’s Champions League hat-trick hero against Porto, Sadio Mane, almost missed out on taking home the match ball but was saved by teammate Andy Robertson.

The Senegalese forward was in superb form for the Reds at the Estadio do Dragao, netting three times alongside goals from in-form duo Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

It is customary for hat-trick scorers to claim the match ball as a souvenir, though one cheeky Porto ball boy tried to deny Mane his prize – until Robertson chased him down.

Mane finally got his match ball only after Robertson’s intervention (Picture: Getty)He told Liverpool’s official website: ‘I had to go running after the ball boy for his ball at the end – he was nearly upset!

‘Luckily, I managed to get it. They were three class finishes from him.

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‘Mo and Bobby have stolen the headlines in the last couple of weeks. But Sadio is on my side and he is a workhouse, he works so hard. He took the limelight and got his three goals.’

Liverpool’s 5-0 win in Porto has virtually sealed their progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and they may have their third kit to thank.

Robertson was keen to highlight how hard Mane works off the ball (Picture: Getty)When Liverpool have worn the florescent orange number, they have averaged four goals per game – scoring 24 times in six outings – and Robertson thinks he knows the reason why they are so good in their third kit.

The Scotland international joked: ‘Maybe teams think we’re too bright to come near us, maybe we’re doing something to their eyes! This kit has been quite lucky for us – long may it continue.’

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