Jurgen Klopp cited as new Rangers manager claim issued - expert
There are no guarantees Rangers’ injury problems will improve under a new manager.
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.
The Athletic reported last week (16 November) that there was an ongoing internal review at Rangers of their injury list.
They were without 10 first-team players for the final game of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s reign -a 1-1 draw with St Mirren (12 November).
“Quite often when you get a new manager coming into a club one of the first things that they like to roll out is they want the players to be working harder and at a high intensity and cover greater distances,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“What you need to understand and what they will understand is that if you’ve got a new manager coming in with new philosophies, you need to have the personnel to carry that out.
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“You need to understand the demands of playing domestic football and European football, playing twice a week and you need to ensure that the players you have can tolerate those demands.
“If the players cannot tolerate it and players are breaking down you have an evergrowing injury list then you are putting square pegs in round holes because you asking players to fulfil different roles.
“All of these things contribute as to why players are picking up more injuries than you would ordinarily see.
“It’s a fine balance between wanting to implement your own theories and staying within the limitation of your squad.
“A good example of that was when Jurgen Klopp first arrived at Liverpool. We saw the number of hamstring problems go through the roof because he was all about the gegenpress.
“It tasks time to adapt to that and some do while others, unfortunately, are not able to cope with the changes in physicality.
“That’s where you have to tailor your squad. Whether that’s a tactical change or you look to recruit.”