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"Something has to be done": Eric Dier backs Klopp and hits out at officials

Liverpool have suffered an incredible amount of injuries this season. The Reds have been decimated by a run of unfortunate fitness issues, forcing the boss to call on some unlikely players. After his England teammate had to undergo knee surgery, Eric Dier has backed Jürgen Klopp, hitting out at officials over scheduling issues.

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Liverpool injury woes

The Reds have had what feels like a million injuries this season.

We’ve seen star buy Thiago Alcantara ruled out with illness and then injury after he was crunched by Richarlison in the Merseyside Derby.

Since then Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have both been sidelined with only the younger of the pair in with a chance of playing again this season.

Alisson missed a chunk of the campaign with a shoulder injury, Naby Keita and Joel Matip have been ruled out with their own problems.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up a four week injury in the game with Manchester City and Andy Robertson now has a hamstring issue of his own.

 

Eric Dier backs Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has lambasted the powers that be time and again for the way they’ve handled the return to football.

The boss has been pleading for a more spaced out schedule and for teams to be permitted five substitutions in a game, all in the interest of player safety.

Eric Dier has backed the sentiments of Jürgen Klopp, the Daily Star quote the Spurs man as saying:

“I’ve watched a team-mate of mine three days ago injure himself – by himself – in training. It was terrible.

“It’s really difficult to understand. Something needs to be done around the scheduling. It’s confusing. It’s really not nice seeing people getting injured.

“Almost weekly, you are seeing multiple injuries in the Premier League. I don’t know what the stats are – but I’m sure they’re up from before because it seems like it’s constantly happening.

“I don’t understand why they aren’t trying to help our teams in Europe to be in a better position to perform in the Premier League – and protect the players’ welfare.”

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Momentum is gathering.

Hopefully soon the officials won’t be able to ignore the clamour for more substitutions, for eased up scheduling.

This is player’s welfare, their health we’re talking about here. It is Liverpool now but it could be Spurs, Brighton or Villa tomorrow.

As the games pile up, given the lack of a pre-season, players are going to continue to drop like flies.

Something has to be done pronto.

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