Liverpool have had a nightmare season with injuries. The Reds have lost most of their first team to fitness issues at one time or another this term. Jürgen Klopp has somehow made do with the crisis and is still top of the Premier League table. In an effort to tackle the problem, Liverpool have appointed Dr Andreas Schlumberger as head of recovery and performance.
Liverpool injury crisis
The Reds injury woes just seem to get worse by the week.
It all started in pre-season when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up yet another knee problem.
Then they all came tumbling down.
By November the Reds were without their starting centre back partnership with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both ruled out.
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Fabinho has endured a spell on the sidelines whilst Thiago hasn’t been seen since the Merseyside Derby in October.
Most recently Joel Matip limped out of a home tie with West Brom.
The issues are in part down to bad luck and in part down to the ridiculous scheduling the players face.
Liverpool appoint Dr Andreas Schlumberger
In a very Liverpool way, rather than going out and spending big on a player or two we’ve first decided to go for a more left field approach.
Liverpool have appointed Dr Andreas Schlumberger to the newly created role of head of recovery and performance.
The doc arrives from Schalke in the German Bundesliga and he will work alongside club doctor Dr Jim Moxon, head of physio Lee Nobles and head of fitness and conditioning Andreas Kornmayer.
The club will be hoping the doctor will settle in quickly given that he worked with Jürgen Klopp for four years at Borussia Dortmund.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool appointing Dr Andreas Schlumberger shows that they know something has to change.
Players are dropping like flies because of the unique challenges this season poses.
The boss’ Dortmund side were famous for their heavy metal pressing game and they managed to sustain it for some years.
Bringing in a figure involved with maintaining these intense levels makes sense.
We wish the doctor all the best, hopefully he makes a difference quickly.