Liverpool have faced an injury crisis of epic proportions this season. Despite all of the difficulties the Reds have dealt with they are still top of the Premier League. We’ve had to chop and change due to the winter schedule but that’s coming to an end now. Jürgen Klopp has the opportunity to play his strongest side for the next two games as we have the January break afterwards.
Injury pile up
Liverpool have had to deal with a massive injury pile up this term.
The injury list has grown rapidly due to the hectic scheduling coupled with the reduced pre-season.
Soft tissue injuries have become incredibly common.
Naby Keita is a prime example of a player unable to cope with the fixture build up.
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Joel Matip has also fell victim to the schedule, the Cameroonian recently limped off against West Brom having picked up a muscle problem.
The Reds will get a 13 day break between Premier League fixtures in January.
Liverpool take on Southampton on the 4th of January and don’t play again in the league until the 17th when the welcome Manchester United to Anfield.
Of course, there is the FA Cup in between these games.
However, given the boss’ history in the competition and the fitness issues we’ve faced this term we can expect most of the first team to be rested for the cup.
All out for next two
The 13 day break between league fixtures in January gives Jürgen Klopp the opportunity to go all out in his next to games.
We have four days off between Newcastle and Southampton.
The boss can therefore afford to play his strongest team in both ties with the benefit of knowing he can give them a break immediately afterwards.
The last six weeks we’ve had to play near enough every three days and it has been taking its toll, rotation has been necessary but not always an option.
Thankfully, there is light at the end of this congested tunnel.