Liverpool’s high-intensity style under Jurgen Klopp may be partly to blame for the club’s injury crisis this season, according to European football expert Julien Laurens. Liverpool have been hit with a number of high-profile injuries so far this season. Klopp is set to be without first-choice centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the majority of this season at least due to respective knee injuries.
Summer signing Thiago Alcantara has not featured since October’s Merseyside derby draw at Everton due to a knee injury of his own.
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is set for a few more weeks on the sidelines with a calf problem and captain Jordan Henderson is likely to miss Sunday’s match at home to Leicester City with “tightness”.
Fabinho could return from his hamstring injury after resuming training this week.
But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out with the knee problem which has prevented him from participating at all this season.
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Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah will miss the Leicester clash after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt.
Laurens says Liverpool have been dealt some rotten luck after being relatively injury-free during their title-winning campaign last term.
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But he reckons the intensity of Klopp’s football has caught up with a number of the players.
“Yeah they did [have the rub of the green last season] but this is crazy,” Laurens said on the Kelly & Wrighty Show.
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“This is unprecedented. We’ve never seen so many injuries, not just at Liverpool, but everywhere in the whole of the world of football really. So they’ve probably been a bit unlucky this year.
“Maybe playing so many games in the last few years for someone like Henderson, for Trent Alexander-Arnold, we saw Robertson, who played for Scotland [on Wednesday], have little niggles as well because they’ve played so much and with so much intensity as well that there’s a point where your body I don’t think can respond anymore.”
Liverpool have been linked with a number of defenders ahead of the January transfer window.
But speaking at his press conference on Friday, Klopp insisted buying mid-season is not easy.
“We will see,” Klopp said.
“I don’t know what we can do in January, to be honest. I have no idea.
“That we look for solutions, that we look at the transfer market, that’s clear of course. But in the moment we have the situation we have.
“You cannot compare situations really, but I only want to mention it.
“When I came in 2008 to [Borussia] Dortmund, my two centre-halves were 19 and turned 20 that winter and we played with them for the entire time, pretty much – [Mats] Hummels and [Neven] Subotic. We have talents here.
“They are young, yes, 18, 19, 23. And then we have more experienced players. So, we will see. Now everybody has the chance.”
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