Jurgen Klopp explains Andy Robertson absence ahead of Bournemouth clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted Andy Robertson should be fit to face Atletico Madrid next week after leaving him out of the squad to take on Bournemouth .

There were eyebrows raised when Robertson was not even named on the bench in the Reds' squad to take on the Cherries, with some speculating he had picked up an injury.

But speaking to BT Sport Klopp said the 25-year-old was not suffering from anything too serious.

When asked about whether Robertson was not involved because of rotation or a fitness issue, Klopp said: "Something in between. He would have started today but then he felt (something) slightly.

"But it's all good, it will be fine for Wednesday. But not for today. So we didn't want to have him on the bench and see Robbo and think, 'Maybe we can bring you (on).' It wouldn't make sense today. That's the reason and he will be fine."

The news will come as a huge relief to Reds' fans, with the side needing all the help they can get going into the Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico with a 1-0 deficit after the first game.

Robertson has been in excellent form this season, creating seven assists and scoring once in 28 appearances in the Premier League.

A victory against Bournemouth on Saturday would result in Liverpool needing just three more wins to clinch their first top flight title in 30 years.

Speaking ahead of the game at Anfield Klopp urged the crowd to lift the players following their patchy recent form, saying: "The influence and impact of Anfield is much bigger than I’d thought.

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