BT Sport pundit and Daily Mail columnist Chris Sutton claims Liverpool are likely to be the main beneficiaries of the “relentless schedule” over the next month.
The Reds play the likes of Arsenal, Rangers, Manchester City and West Ham before the end of October, with nine fixtures in total, but Sutton claims that Jurgen Klopp’s “hard” training regime means his players are perfectly suited to cope with these sort of fixture pile-ups:
“Klopp’s training has been described as ‘brutal’ and ‘extremely hard’ and I suspect that these players will embrace this match list because there will be no time for intense sessions in between. They can use this relentless schedule to establish a winning rhythm and resurrect their season. It’s go time for Klopp’s Liverpool, because right now, they trail Manchester City by a whopping eight points and are being written off in the title race as a result.”
It’s an interesting take by Sutton. The main concern in the first couple of months of the season has been the sheer number of injuries that players have picked up, so you wouldn’t expect that situation to improve now the team will be playing every few days.
However, Sutton seems to suggest that the lack of training may actually help them considering how “brutal” it can be. Whether that theory has any basis in fact, we shall find out in the coming weeks.