7 Aug 2016

Anfield Nightmare: Bad news for Liverpool as 'brilliant' attacker suffers new injury blow

Another day, another injury, and this time, it's talented youngster Sheyi Ojo who faces a spell on the sidelines.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Ojo has joined LFC's growing list of injured players. Ojo wasn’t considered for Barcelona or Mainz after complaining of discomfort in his back".

Ojo joins Loris Karis, Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez, Lucas Leiva, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, and Marko Grujic on the club's treatment table, with Milner and Sturridge the biggest misses.

With Milner out, Liverpool face the unappealing prospect of starting the season with Alberto Moreno at left-back, though there's always a possibility that Klopp might sign someone before next Sunday.

As for Sturridge - his injury is as predictable as it is disappointing, but thankfully, Liverpool have a series of viable alternate options up-front.

As part of a punishing pre-season regime, Klopp has - by his own admission - subjected the players to 'triple training sessions', so it's hardly surprising when players pick up injuries.

Triple sessions may build up fitness, but what's the point if the they (indirectly) lead to a higher injury rate? Last season, the Reds were regularly decimated by injuries (especially hamstring issues), and Liverpool have now picked up more pre-season injuries than any other team in the Premier League.

Coincidence? I think not. Under Klopp, Dortmund's player were consistently ravaged by injury, and it's the same old story at Anfield (both last season, and during the current pre-season).

Expect more injuries in the first few weeks of the new season.

* Apr 2016: Described by Klopp as 'really brilliant'.


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