26 Aug 2016

Not Again: £40m Liverpool 'genius' suffers 3rd hamstring injury under Klopp. May miss Spurs

Last season, Liverpool suffered an incredible 18 hamstring injuries after Jurgen Klopp took over, and with the new season only three games old, Klopp's players are dropping like flies yet again, with Philippe Coutinho the latest victim of the infernal hamstring curse.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Philippe Coutinho is a fitness doubt for Tottenham [after] complaining about tightness in his hamstring. Coutinho only took part in light training on Thursday".

When asked on Thursday about Coutinho's injury, Klopp noted:

“The muscle was a little stiff. He felt something so we didn’t want to take a risk [against Burton]. We left him out of training. It is not a situation to take any risk".

This is no surprise whatsoever. I've argued for months that Klopp's 'heavy metal' approach is outdated, and counter-productive, and the endless run of injuries arguably supports this contention.

In my view, Klopp has learned nothing from his time at Dortmund, where his 'football madman' regime decimated BVB, and created one of the biggest injury crises the Bundesliga has ever seen.

Now, the same thing is happening at Anfield, with practically every senior member of the squad (including the freakin' goalkeeper!) suffering a hamstring injury at one time or another. Full list of hamstring injuries on Klopp's watch:

* Coutinho (x3), Allen, Benteke, Toure, Enrique, Milner, Sturridge, Mignolet, Skrtel, Firmino, Origi, Lovren, Ibe, Moreno, Sakho, Lucas. Hamstring XI:

------------- Mignolet
Toure --- Skrtel - Lovren -- Moreno
---------- Lucas - Allen
Milner ------ Firmino --- Coutinho
------------ Sturridge

SUBS: Benteke, Enrique, Origi, Sakho, Ibe.

Liverpool also suffer other regular injuries under Klopp, and although it's only August, the Reds currently have 8 players on the injury list, with Mane, Grujic, and Matip also suffering issues in recent weeks.

Plus, in a strange turn of events, Origi is somehow a doubt for Spurs due to cramp (!) Since when did cramp cause players to miss games? Only under Klopp, it seems.

The most damning statistic is this: After just 10 months in charge, Klopp has presided over more injuries per game (in the Prem) than any other LFC manager in the last 15 years:

Correct @ 17 Aug 2016

Last week, new Inter boss Frank De Boer made light of Klopp's counter-productive approach:

"I remember [Jurgen] Klopp taking over at Liverpool, and he immediately tried to impose his high-pressing style. This resulted in several injuries, nine in fact. Sometimes, it is better to slow down.”

Amen. The moral of this story? Expect more injuries, starting at Spurs this Saturday. My money is on Sturridge, Lovren, or Wijnaldum.

^ £40m-rated. Described by Klopp as a 'genius'.


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