Liverpool’s players have missed a combined 162 matches this season through injury.
The closest team, Chelsea (124), are quite a way behind the Reds, and it has led to supporters on Twitter discussing what is going on in the club’s medical department:
i know it’s freak luck but something has to be done this summer to try and reduce the injuries. get stretching lads
— mario neo (@Mario7Neo) March 12, 2023
Atleast we’ve finished 1st in something. pic.twitter.com/whkErYnQhw
— MSC (@Kloppista_LFC) March 12, 2023
Physio department is a sham
— Sean (@__lfc_x6_x19__) March 12, 2023
That’s down to Klopp’s intensive training methods and also buying injury prone players.
— Freckles 🐈 🏳️⚧️ (@FluffyMogz) March 12, 2023
Sack the medical team
— 𝒴… (@lfcya__) March 12, 2023
There must be an issue with fitness and conditioning. Those numbers are way above the norm.
— FPL Dennis (@FplBergkamp) March 12, 2023
Accumulated fatigue leads to stressful work does injuries. New players needed!
— Momene (@momenejr) March 12, 2023
Do we have a medical team
— Ben Adams (@benadams1110) March 12, 2023
90% of them tho are Naby Keita 😅
— PBear90 (@PBear90) March 12, 2023
It has to be said that this isn’t a new problem for Jurgen Klopp’s side. While the 2021/22 campaign was pretty injury free, that was the exception.
In every other season since Klopp’s arrival, the fitness of the first-team squad has been a major concern, and you do have to question not only the medical team but the sports scientists and the fitness coaches being employed.
While you could argue that Liverpool have had a tendency to sign injury prone stars, many of these players (such as Naby Keita) didn’t really have many fitness issues before arriving at Anfield. If the Reds are to compete for honours every season, this is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.