Liverpool have been handed an unexpected boost with Andrew Robertson able to return from international duty early.
The right-back featured in both of Scotland’s recent wins – the Euro qualifiers penalty victory over Israel and Sunday night’s Nations League win over Slovakia.
But Robertson picked up a yellow card against Slovakia and as a result will miss Wednesday’s Nations League clash against Czech Republic.
In accordance with Nations League rules, during the group stage, two cautions in two different matches result in a suspension for the competition’s next match.
As well as picking up a caution against Slovakia, Robertson was yellow carded in the opening fixture against Czech Republic last month.
It’s a bitter blow to Scotland who currently top Group B2 but a huge boost to Liverpool.
The Reds take on Everton this weekend in the season’s first Merseyside Derby and it could be the closest one for years.
Everton have begun the season in excellent form under Carlo Ancelotti, winning all four of their opening games.
The fine form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, James Rodriguez and Richarlison has set pulses rating at Goodison Park.
In contrast, Liverpool were completely humiliated by Aston Villa in their last outing – and were thumped 7-2 by Dean Smith’s side.
It means this Saturday’s clash is set to be a firecracker. And having a fit and slightly rested Robertson will no doubt be a huge boost.