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‘Whatever the reasons, you will be surprised’ – Agbonlahor says Liverpool could drop the 28-year-old’s experienced star off the bench in the Merseyside derby against Everton

Prominent striker and former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Liverpool could drop Andrew Robertson in the Premier League match against Everton.

The Reds will travel to Goodison Park for the highly anticipated Merseyside Derby on Saturday, September 3. Jurgen Klopp’s team will enter the match after their consecutive victories after beating Bournemouth 9-0 and beating Newcastle United 2-1.

Robertson started both games, but was replaced by reserve left-back Costas Tsimikas on both occasions. While the 28-year-old wasn’t poor per se, Tsimikas certainly made his presence felt. He provided assists against Bournemouth and helped the Reds win over Newcastle.

Agbonlahor believes Robertson is likely to remain Liverpool’s number one choice on the left side of defence. However, he feels the Scot, who has started all his official matches so far this season, needs a break and told Football Insider:

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“You never know. Klopp will think to himself, ‘If you’re not performing or you look tired or whatever the reasons, you’re going to explode.’”

Agbonlahor went to the west of Tsimkas, saying:

“Tsimikas is a good player, maybe he will consider starting him and resting Robertson. He might give a chance to Tsimikas. That’s why you have a team of players, so you can use everyone.”

English seal:

“I don’t think it will be a problem for Robertson but he may need to be out of the team in one game.”

Tsimikas has played only 37 times in all competitions for the Reds since his arrival from Olympiacos in 2020, registering eight assists. The Greek defender played a key role in their FA Cup and FA Cup wins last season.

Meanwhile, Robertson has been a regular fixture in Klopp’s starting line-up for the past five years. He enjoyed one of his most productive solo campaigns during the 2021-22 season, providing 15 assists and scoring three times in 47 games.

Liverpool has the upper hand over struggling Everton

While Liverpool’s start to the 2022-23 Premier League season has been modest, it appears they are finally gaining some momentum. The Reds would be the obvious favorites to defeat Everton, who have not won in five games and are 17th in the standings.

Frank Lampard’s side scored just four goals and tied each of their last three games before their match against city rivals. The Toffees have also beaten Liverpool only twice in the league over the past 12 years, although one of those wins came in 2020.

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The last time the two teams met at Goodison Park, the Reds won 4-1 thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah (2), Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota. Demarie Gray scored the consolation of Everton.

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee

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