Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has revealed he was struggling with a hamstring problem during Scotland’s dramatic penalty shootout victory over Serbia.
The Scots qualified for their first major tournament since 1998 on Thursday, with goalkeeper David Marshall sending them to Euro 2021 next summer by saving Aleksandar Mitrovic’s spot-kick.
Ryan Christie’s opening goal looked like it was the match-winner in normal time, only for Luka Jovic to equalise in the dying minutes and send the game to extra-time.
But fortunately for Steve Clarke’s men, after five perfect penalties in the shootout they prevailed when Marshall denied Mitrovic from 12 yards.
It was a historic night for Scotland, and Robertson admitted after the match that he was relieved Mitrovic saw his penalty saved as he was next in line to step up.
The 26-year-old said he felt a problem with his hamstring during the game, which will come as a concern to Jurgen Klopp amid Liverpool’s current defensive crisis.
The Premier League champions have lost star centre-back Virgil van Dijk to an ACL injury for the majority of the season, while Joe Gomez recently picked up a significant knock on international duty with England.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is also spending time on the sidelines right now with a calf injury.
“I think I was next, but my hamstring had seized up in the second half of extra time just a bit of cramp. And it was my left one so I was a bit worried that it was going to cramp up.,” Robertson told Sky Sports after Scotland’s historic win on Thursday.
“When it goes to penalties you always back Marshy [David Marshall]. We've come so far as a squad and I'm proud of everyone. They've been through a lot – lot of criticism, a lot of negativity. Really hope everyone back home can see the positive side of this.
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“In the 90 minutes. It's come down to one of the best away performances I've been involved in. It shows you the strength we've got to come back from that, we stuck together throughout.
“I can't wait for summer. It's the most emotional I've been after the game.”
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