Andy Robertson says “the hardest bit is over” after pre-season return

Andy Robertson returned to pre-season training at Liverpool’s camp in Austria on Friday, and said “the hardest bit is over” after completing the lactate test.

After his exploits with Scotland at Euro 2020, Robertson was given an extended break as he enjoyed four weeks off – having clocked more minutes than any other Reds player last season.

The left-back returned for pre-season after the likes of Harry Wilson, Neco Williams and Diogo Jota, with Jurgen Klopp‘s group now 36 strong and anticipating further additions.

Xherdan Shaqiri will be the next back, followed by Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, who all made it to the semi-finals and beyond at the Euros and Copa America.

Robertson is not set to be involved as Liverpool take on Mainz in their third friendly of pre-season on Friday, having undergone the lactate test under the Alps in the morning.

“In the off-season that’s the test you think about, and luckily it’s complete,” he told LFCTV after a series of running drills.

“Hopefully I’ll get a touch of the ball this afternoon and the hardest bit is over. It’s lovely to be back, I’ve missed you all!”

The 27-year-old – who marked four years as a Liverpool player this week – is likely to get his first taste of action when the Reds face Hertha Berlin in the final friendly of their Austrian training camp next Thursday.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 23, 2021: Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the final FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0 and finished 3rd in the table. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

So far, Klopp has called upon Kostas Tsimikas and Owen Beck as his left-back options, but Robertson will head into the new campaign as first choice again.

Liverpool have two further friendlies currently scheduled after the games against Mainz and Hertha Berlin, with Athletic Club (August 8) and Osasuna (August 9) the opposition at Anfield.

There is potential for the club to organise another friendly in the nine days between clashes with Hertha and Athletic Club, but no announcement has been made as of yet.