LIVERPOOL’S Boxing Day clash with Leeds has been axed in a double blow for Jurgen Klopp – with Andrew Robertson now OUT of the massive game against Chelsea.
Marcelo Bielsa’s squad has been decimated by Covid and injuries, with the Premier League confirming the match would be called off.
Andrew Robertson will miss Liverpool’s huge game against Chelsea after the Boxing Day clash with Leeds was postponedCredit: Getty
Not only does the postponement mean another fixture in an already-crowded schedule in early 2022, it also means Robertson will serve his suspension against the Blues instead of Leeds.
The Scotland captain, 27, was sent off during the 2-2 draw at Tottenham and is currently serving his three-game ban.
The first game of his suspension was the thrilling 5-4 penalty shootout win over Leicester in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.
The second fixture was due to be the game at home to relegation-battling Leeds, with the match at Leicester on December 28 the third game.
But following the axed Boxing Day fixture, the final fixture of Robertson’s ban will now be the potentially title-defining trip to Stamford Bridge on January 2.
Kostas Tsimikas is likely to start in Robertson’s place against Chelsea.
But with matches coming thick and fast, Klopp may be forced to play James Milner out of position despite his midfield being decimated by injuries and Covid.
Liverpool fans were left furious after Robertson was sent off for his tackle on Emerson despite Harry Kane avoiding red for his horror lunge on the Scot earlier in the game.
After the game, the left-back claimed: “I was brought up to take responsibility when you’ve done something wrong.
“I have to admit my challenge was poor and misjudged.
“It’s probably best I don’t speak about other things in the match… other than to say how proud I am of the rest of the team.”
The Reds are also expected to be without star duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – as well as Naby Keita – for the Chelsea showdown.
All three are set to head off on Africa Cup of Nations duty.
But with the tournament starting on January 9, the Liverpool trio may be forced to travel to Cameroon before getting the chance to play Chelsea.
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