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This 23-year-old star simply must start for Liverpool against Stoke – Agreed?

There have been differing emotions from Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after the Reds conceded an 85th minute equaliser to end up drawing 1-1 with Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday, a result which saw them slip out of the division’s top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Blues off the back of letting slip a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, yet they looked set to get back to winning ways as former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah gave them the lead midway through the second half. However, it wasn’t to be as Willian’s floated effort sailed over the head of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet five minutes from time to clinch a point for Antonio Conte’s side, and in turn instigate Liverpool’s fall to sixth in the Premier League table following Arsenal’s win over Burnley.

Subsequently, there has been mixed emotions among our resident Liverpudlians in the Tavern this week, with some satisfied with their side’s efforts on Saturday, yet many are concerned that they have thrown away two victories in the space of just a few days.

Nonetheless, several of those Reds fans lining up at the bar are already turning their attentions to their team’s trip to Stoke City tonight, which could already be a make-or-break evening for summer signing Andrew Robertson, who hasn’t quite made the start he was hoping for at Anfield.

The full-back left Hull City in the summer to make the move to Merseyside after impressing at the North East outfit, even though they were unable to avoid the drop from the top-flight last season.

Yet the Scotland international has managed just two Premier League starts for the Reds so far this term, and hasn’t featured in any of their last eight league games.

Yet the 23-year-old simply must earn a start at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night, as first-choice left-back Alberto Moreno has not been anywhere near his best in recent games.

Spain international Moreno made a solid start to the campaign to suggest that he was a much-improved player to last season, a season in which he was playing second fiddle to midfielder James Milner.

And Moreno’s struggles likely instigated Klopp to go out and land Robertson during the summer, and those struggles have been evident again in recent weeks, with the Spaniard particularly poor against Sevilla last week, and not entirely convincing against Chelsea on Saturday.

And that is why this clash against Stoke is the perfect opportunity for Robertson to earn a third start of the campaign, as one senses that if he doesn’t get a chance on Wednesday, it’s difficult to see him getting another one anytime soon. It would also highlight to the 23-year-old that he remains in Klopp’s plans.

At just two years younger than Moreno, both men are ultimately battling it out to be the Reds’ next long-term left-back, and at the moment, it’s the Spaniard who has the upper hand.

Yet unconvincing displays recently have raised further question marks about the 25-year-old’s capabilities, and Robertson should now get the chance to prove his worth to Klopp.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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