Liverpool physio attempts to explain why Reds have had so many injuries this season


Liverpool physio attempts to explain why Reds have had so many injuries this season

Liverpool down to bare bones

It’s fair to say that the 2020/21 campaign has been something of a nightmare for Liverpool.

A lot of sides have had to deal with the issues brought about by the hectic Covid-19 hit campaign.

But none have had it quite as bad as Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool’s main senior central defenders – Vigil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip – are all out with long-term injuries.

Elsewhere, all of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Davies, Rhys Williams and Alisson have also missed at least one game through either injury or Covid-19 this season.

Liverpool physio speaks out

Such a hefty injury list, in turn, has resulted in some sections of fans placing blame on the Reds’ medical department.

And, on Tuesday, such calls have forced Chris Morgan, one of Liverpool’s physios, to take to social media to defend himself:

“Don’t be nasty. Don’t tweet nonsense. Don’t confuse correlation with causation.”

“One person is not a medical/performance dept.

“2 doctors, 4/5 physios, 3 soft tissue therapists, 1 rehab coach, 1 head of recovery, 1 sports scientist, 1 head of fitness, 3 fitness and conditioners, 1 head of nutrition, 1 Psych(iatrist), 1 radiologist. 2 (of them) just happen to run on the pitch.”

Morgan was also asked by a Twitter user why Liverpool are ‘getting a lot more injuries than other teams in the league’, to which he responded:

“It’s complex and multi factorial mate…the ones we can’t prevent (and we’ve had lots) then impact the ability to try to prevent others..we still have to put 11 players on the pitch every 3-4 days after all..”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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