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Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has told the club’s official website that he is ready to play as a central defender against Leicester City this weekend.

The Reds will take on Leicester at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are injured, while there are doubts over Fabinho, who is a defensive midfielder by trade but has operated in central defence.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recently suggested that Robertson could be deployed in central defence despite the Scotland international being a left-back by trade.

Described as “world class” by Liverpool legend and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard on the Reds’ official website in November 2019, the 26-year-old has said that he is ready to play in centre-back against the Foxes.

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Robertson told Liverpool’s official website: “I don’t think I’ve done it before but if the manager thinks that’s an option, then I’ll play it and do it to the best of my ability.  Whatever the manager asks of me, I’ll do it. Look, if that becomes an option or that becomes the case, like I said, I’ll do it to the best of my ability and I’ll try my best, like I do in any other position. 

“The centre-backs have been hit hard – Joey and Virg long-term injuries, which is devastating, and Fab on his way back and things like that. Look, we’ve still got options there. If I’m one of them, so be it.  All the lads here, we can all adapt to different positions and do our best in those positions.”

Risky move?

Robertson has never played in central defence in a competitive game, and against the pace of in-form Jamie Vardy, it would be a risk for Klopp to play the Scotsman there.

However, it is encouraging that the 26-year-old is ready to play in an unfamiliar position to help the team.

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