By Ben Dinnery

10th Nov, 2022 | 4:00pm

Medical Insider: Liverpool to be hit by new injury pile-up after confirmed twist

Liverpool will be at an increased risk of even further injuries if they are forced to play three games in a week in the second half of the season.

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.

ESPN‘s Dale Johnson reported earlier this week (7 November) that there is no vacant midweek for Liverpool’s postponed game with Chelsea after the clubs were drawn into opposite sides of the Champions League schedule.

The Premier League will be hoping that neither club require a replay in the FA Cup third or fourth round so a gap will open up.

“There’s absolutely no denying there is an inherent risk in regard to fatigue and exposure to injury that comes with increased minutes,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“We’ve seen in the first half of this campaign that in terms of time lost to injury, Liverpool are up there with regards to the highest number of minutes lost.

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“It almost becomes a vicious and devastating circle in terms of squad management. If you’re lacking that strength of depth in certain areas of the pitch you are forced to utilise players who ordinarily you would want to hold back and manage their load better.

“You are always taking that gamble and hoping they come through injury free. Often when you are going through those bad spells and you are picking up a lot of injuries more seem to come.

“We have a January transfer window coming up and the club has been put up for sale so you question whether there will be funds for Jurgen Klopp to strengthen that squad. That remains to be seen.

“Scheduling issues are nothing new, it’s just about mitigating the risk. If it’s a belief in the current squad then great but if not, they have to go out and buy.”

In other news, Liverpool have been backed to complete a striker signing after a Roberto Firmino reveal.