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Robertson discusses availability for Liverpool vs Chelsea

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Having picked up an injury in pre-season, the full-back is yet to make an appearance in the new campaign.

Andy Robertson has declared himself “ready to play” for Liverpool in the crunch Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

Robertson suffered ankle ligament damage during the friendly against Athletic Bilbao at the start of the month.

The injury forced him to sit out Liverpool’s 2021-22 Premier League campaign opener against Norwich City, and it was expected from the Scotland international to remain sidelined for four to six weeks.

However, he managed to shake off his physical problem ahead of schedule and was on the bench in the 2-0 win over Burnley last week.

The left-back can now be expected to return to Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI and make his first appearance of the new season when the Reds welcome Chelsea to Anfield on the weekend.

Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m back in full training now. I fully trained on Friday, just one day before the game – maybe a bit ahead of schedule but I think the physios just wanted rid of me, to be honest!”

“For me, as soon as I did it and I got the scan results I said, ‘I think Burnley is in my sights’ and there was a couple of people who said, ‘Yeah, you’ve got a chance’ so I managed to cling on to them and a couple of people said I had no chance so I avoided them until it was more realistic! 

“I tried my best, I tried everything. I was out running [and] I felt as if I could maybe have trained a day or two earlier but the experts we have at this club are excellent and I still needed to tick a couple of boxes, and luckily I did that on the Thursday. Then I fully trained with the team on the Friday. 

“Obviously the gaffer put me on the bench, which was probably unexpected but I was happy. When you’re at the game and everything is involved you just want [to be] on the pitch, but I think that was unrealistic yesterday [Saturday]. 

“Now I’ve trained today and I’ll have a full week of training so let’s see what happens against Chelsea. But I’ll be ready, I’ll be ready to play, and like I said I’ll hopefully be fit for the rest of the season now.”