By Ben Dinnery

25th Jul, 2022 | 5:03pm

Expert: Liverpool are 'pushing boundaries' as 'superb' Andreas Schlumberger deal agreed

Liverpool are “pushing boundaries” in the medical department with the help of new head of medicine and fitness Andreas Schlumberger.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

As relayed by Training Ground Guru last Wednedsay (20 July), Schlumberger has agreed a new deal to masrshal the Reds’ medical deaprtment.

The German first joined Liverpool as head of recovery and performance in December 2020, and he previously worked under Jurgen Klopp for four years at Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp’s side recorded top-tier availability rates in 2021-22 despite playing the maximum number of matches in all four competitions.

Dinnery saluted the medical department’s role in their success and explained why Schlumberger is a “superb” addition to the backroom team.

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I think it was a testament to what Klopp thought of him in the first instance because he actually created his old role for him in the back end of 2020,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“We have seen Liverpool really push the boundaries in terms of what they are doing to try and optimise performance and ease injury burden.

“They are doing everything to mitigate injury risk because fundamentally that is what they need. Klopp has been pretty vocal in saying that they can’t compete with the likes of City or United in pure recruitment terms.

“They therefore have to be a little bit more strategic. They have a strong nucleus of 18 or 19 players. If you can keep the majority of those fit then, as they demonstrated last season, they are perfectly capable of fighting on four fronts.

“All of those departments are coming together as a cohesive unit and contributing to their success.

“They had a reduction in time loss injuries than on the previous season. Their injury rate actually dropped in the second half of the campaign despite the fact they were playing more games. That’s how you know you’re doing a superb job.

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