Medical expert: Thiago one of two Liverpool stars suffering 'ongoing issues' with injury
No team in the Premier League has had more injuries than Liverpool this season – but it is unfair to judge their record without context.
So says medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Liverpool currently have five players sidelined in Harvey Elliott, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez.
Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered atrocious luck with injuries last season too, particularly in key defensive areas.
Dinnery revealed that the Merseysiders’ injury figures are the worst in the division for 2021-22 but outlined several mitigating factors.
“Statistically, no team has had more injuries than Liverpool this season,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“But you always need to give context. Liverpool are involved in European competition. They’ve played more games and minutes than a lot of teams.
“They are therefore at more risk of picking up injuries. It’s a little bit unfair to compare them to teams that haven’t had those games.
“We also need to look at the types of injuries they’ve been picking up. A really good indication of how a player can cope is their previous injury record.
“We have had ongoing issues with Thiago and Keita. They are two players who take up a big chunk of the injury record.
“Milner has also been out for two separate spells and Firmino is out again. You can’t legislate for injuries like Harvey Elliot’s and Curtis Jones’.
“So we always need context and education around these figures.”
Liverpool beat Southampton 4-0 yesterday (27 November) thanks to a Diogo Jota double and strikes from Thiago Alcantara and Virgil Van Dijk.
That result lifted them up to 2nd place in the table.