Liverpool v Athletic Club - Pre-Season Friendly
Andy Robertson will miss the start of Liverpool’s season (Picture: Getty Images,)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the Reds have been ‘lucky’ with Andy Robertson’s ankle injury as it is nowhere near as bad as it could have been.

The Scot suffered ankle ligament damage in a pre-season friendly on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao, limping off the pitch and looking like he could face a significant spell on the sidelines.

However, a scan revealed that it is only minor damage for the 27-year-old and Klopp now believes it will only be around a month out of action rather than the extensive period that it could have been.

The German mentions the next international break as a possible target for a return, which comes around at the start of September.

‘Timeframe? Not really, but I think we got lucky with that,’ Klopp told LFCTV of Robertson’s likely return.

‘It could have been much worse. You saw the footage and it didn’t look well but I think we got lucky.

‘I am not sure [if he will return] before the international break or after, it is difficult in this situation, but [it won’t be] too long.

‘But yes, we have Kostas Tsimikas at the back, which is nice as well.’

The 25-year-old Greek left-back arrived at Liverpool a year ago in a deal worth around £11.75m from Olympiacos, but he has made just seven appearances since then, two coming in the Premier League.

However, Tsimikas has impressed so far in pre-season and should be an able deputy while Robertson recovers.

Liverpool v Osasuna - Pre-Season Friendly
Kostas Tsimikas has impressed in pre-season for Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Kostas showed up in pre-season and was good tonight and on top of that was needed anyway,’ Klopp said of the Greek after Monday’s 3-1 friendly win over Osasuna.

‘So having a long pre-season together obviously helps and we can spend time on the training ground and we can work out some good ideas and I saw that tonight.’

Liverpool finished their pre-season preparations with the win over Osasuna and are now just days away from the start of the Premier League campaign when they travel to take on Norwich City on Saturday in the 5.30pm kick-off.

MORE : Andy Robertson to miss start of Liverpool’s Premier League season with ankle ligament damage

MORE : Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp provides Andy Robertson injury update after Athletic Bilbao draw

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