Liverpool have been hard hit by injuries this term. It’s been a season plagued by unavailability. The Reds are somehow still top of the table but they’ve got some tough decisions to make in the next six months in light of the problems they’ve faced this season. Liverpool need to decide whether to keep Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or to cash in on the pair.
Liverpool injury crisis
Have you ever seen anything like it eh?
Before the season started we expected Liverpool to run away with it again.
However, our hopes have been curbed by the relentless schedule and the toll it has taken on players’ fitness levels.
Some players such as Virgil van Dijk have been injured by bad luck (reckless tackling) whilst others just can’t keep up with the demands.
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Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
This season has been another where we’ve seen prolonged absences from Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Keita, signed from Leipzig for £48m, has managed just 400 minutes in the Premier League.
Whilst The Ox, a £35m signing, is only just returning from a knee injury which has kept him sidelined since pre-season.
Make or break months
This season has been a further reminder of how unreliable Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain are.
Given the money the Reds paid for the pair, we need to start emphasising availability over potential.
Sure, the duo are incredibly effective when they get a run of games in the side.
However, they very rarely get a run. They are too often sidelined.
When competing on multiple fronts and, more importantly, competing for a league title, we need to have options in midfield.
Gini Wijnaldum rarely misses a game, we need to be looking for midfielders of that mould.
If Keita and the Ox can prove in the next six months that they have what it takes to get over their fitness issues then fantastic. Otherwise we need to look at cashing in.