Former Celtic player Simon Donnelly has claimed that Andy Robertson is no longer a guaranteed starter for Liverpool.
In quotes from The Herald, Donnelly insists that Robertson has a ‘challenge’ for the first time in his Liverpool career.
“He’s had an amazing career, captain of his country, winning Premier League and Champions League trophies. But he probably does find he’s in a position at Liverpool where he does have a challenge on his hands,” said the pundit.
“I’ve watched players like this comeback from their challenges. But this is Robertson’s first time since Klopp has bought him where he’s not guaranteed to be the first name on the team sheet on that left side. I would not be surprised if he brings back his form because that’s why Andy is where he is, I look forward to him coming back in the Scotland team too.”
Changing of the guard for Liverpool’s left-side
In truth, Robertson has had a challenge on his hands for the best part of a year. Ever since Kostas Tsimikas shook off his poor first season at the club, he’s looked a threat to the Scot’s place in the team.
Part of that is obviously down to Tsimikas’ own performances. The Greek is always a bundle of energy reminiscent of early Liverpool Robbo.
But it is also partly down to the fact that Robertson looks shattered. The left-back’s played more than any Liverpool player over the last four years. He was quite literally the first name on the teamsheet.
For a player who gets through as much running as Liverpool’s No.26, this was always bound to be an issue.
It’s testament to Robertson’s athleticism and desire that it is less of an issue than it may have been. The 28-year-old is still a mighty fine player and one of the best in his position in the world.
Still, there have been signs that Jurgen Klopp is slowly starting to transition Tsimikas into a more consistent presence in the team.
The 26-year-old has come off the bench for his older teammate in four of Liverpool’s six Premier League games this season. He also started the most recent of those games – a big one away to Everton.
With Robertson now injured, it’s likely that Tsimikas will start the match against Brighton next Saturday too. If he can impress there, it could start to feel like a changing of the guard is taking place.