Insider: FSG have let down Jurgen Klopp after 'big' Liverpool reveal
Liverpool would not have to “reset” during the World Cup break if the club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group had backed and trusted Jurgen Klopp in the summer transfer window.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
Liverpool have struggled in the Premier League this season and 19 different players have missed at least one game with an injury.
Klopp admitted in his press conference on Tuesday (1 November) that his side may use the World Cup break as a “reset”.
“It’s been a very disappointing first half of the season,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“The difficulty for Liverpool has been the frustration of managing the squad between Champions League and Premier League football.
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“They went to Ibrox and did what they did, beat the likes of Napoli too and then lost, without any disrespect, to the likes of Nottingham Forest who were bottom of the Premier League.
“In terms of that squad management, in the summer you could look and want the club to back or trust Jurgen Klopp a little bit more. Maybe, allow them to strengthen in areas around the pitch.
“Those limitations that have been brought around by the lack of strength in depth has certainly impacted on the team.
“We’ve seen Liverpool constantly set up over the past few years with regimented tactics. This season, we’ve seen switches in formations and tactics.
“There are square pegs in round holes. You’re asking players to perform slightly different roles with tactical tweaks.
“You create that perfect storm. Instead of players being able to deliver subconsciously to certain situations, they are now having to think about things. Sometimes it’s just that split second.
“All of this is coming together and contributes to why they are not winning as much.
“With a bigger squad and players able to be more interchangeable it could have eased it.”