Medical expert reveals 'truth' behind five new Liverpool injuries after Andy Robertson update
It is no surprise to see so many Liverpool stars struck down with injury on international duty – but the “truth” is that Jurgen Klopp managed his troupe’s fitness superbly in 2021-22.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
As relayed by the Liverpool ECHO last Tuesday (14 June), Andy Robertson, 28, has picked up an unspecified muscle injury while away on international duty with Scotland.
He is the fifth Liverpool star to have suffered a setback in recent weeks after Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Neco Williams.
With the exception of Williams, who spent 2021-22 on loan with Fulham, all of the players clocked up over 2500 minutes in all competitions for the Merseysiders last term,
And Dinnery explains that Klopp deserves credit for navigating a chockablock campaign with relatively few setbacks.
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“There was a grandstand finish there for Liverpool last season,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“They were going for all four trophies. Every Liverpool player wanted to be a part of that. We talk about managing players and their knocks and niggles. This is nothing new. It’s a long, hard season.
“In terms of managing injuries. If you compare the first half of their season to the second, there is a rise in a competitive load of about 33 per cent. However, there was a reduction of over 40 per cent in terms of time-loss injuries.
“The truth is that this shows how Klopp was able to manage his squad and keep players available through rotation. They probably used technology to complement the work of the backroom staff.
“That was reflected in their ability to fight for all four competitions.”