Liverpool have become a nigh on unbeatable side. The Reds have opened up a colossal gap at the top of the table and look certain to dominate the PFA Team of the Year as a result. Injuries have tried to plague Liverpool this season but, thankfully, injuries at Liverpool have their benefits.
The Reds have been so successful in recent seasons because they have a settled starting XI that is rarely rotated.
The only area of the pitch that is occasionally freshened up is the midfield, understandable given the work they do.
By playing the same starting XI week in, week out, Jürgen Klopp allows his players to get into a rhythm and in turn constantly build on their understanding of each other’s game.
So, surely injuries should be a nightmare for Liverpool? Surely taking one card out should send the house tumbling down?
The impact of injuries has had the opposite effect. Klopp has instilled a mentality in the dressing room that leaves players that are out of the side hungry.
When the man starting ahead of them picks up a knock, replacements come in and seize their opportunity with both hands and often don’t relinquish their place in the side until circumstances force them to.
We have seen this most often in central defence, Joe Gomez was ruled out for nine months or so with a broken leg and in his absence Joel Matip established himself as the undisputed number one partner for Virgil van Dijk.
JoGo didn’t break back into the side until Matip himself pulled up with injury, and Dejan Lovren picked up a knock after that.
Injuries at Liverpool give players opportunities to become the new number one and they play out of their skin as a result, they perform above and beyond because they know it could be a while before they’re given another run of games.
Injuries at Liverpool produce world beating performances, we can expect Naby Keita to seize his opportunity in Jordan Henderson’s absence.