By Ben Dinnery

20th Sep, 2022 | 1:03pm

Expert: Andy Robertson is 'freak of nature' as behind-the-scenes Liverpool details emerge

Liverpool star Andy Robertson is a “freak of nature” for managing to largely avoid injuries despite spending so long in the so-called ‘critical zone’.

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

Robertson, 28, is currently sidelined with a hamstring complaint but is expected to return soon after the international break.

The muscle issue is one of only two time-loss injuries the left-back has had since his arrival at Liverpool from Hull City in 2017.

Data collected by FIFPro and relayed by The Athletic last Friday (16 September) shows that Robertson has played 65.1 per cent of his matches in the last four years in the critical zone, where players are most at risk of injury.

This figure, which is calculated according to rest time between games, is higher than any other Liverpool player.

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Dinnery insists it is miraculous that the Scot has managed to stay, for the most part, injury-free.

“There are two schools of thought here,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“First and foremost, some players not only survive but thrive in the critical zone. They are just freaks of nature, as it were. These are players that have a high amount of minutes and load, week in, week out.

“Andy Robertson is certainly one of those players who has demonstrated himself to be very resilient and robust. There is a great deal of work that goes into that.

“Robertson has said before that when the season comes along, he lives like a monk. His rest, recovery, diet, sleep, everything is spot on. You have to be aware of this stuff 24/7.

“This isn’t just the responsibility of the player. You have to commend the club as a collective.

“The backroom staff consistently deliver in terms of what is expected of them. If you as a player are not managed correctly, you’re going to suffer injuries.”

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