Firstly, this isn’t a specific dig at Liverpool; they’re just the most recent example of what I’m talking about, and that is the blaming on injuries on bad luck.
Granted, some injuries such as when players fall awkwardly or are on the receiving end of a bad tackle that snaps a ligament are bad luck, but most are a product of the player themselves and their environment.
Firstly, style of play comes into it. A high tempo pressing game will cause more injuries than a slow build up, due to the exertion of more work with the same recovery period. This is where Klopps teams have been undone before. There’s no doubt his style of play is a contributing factor.
Then there are the signings. If you sign a player with a history of injuries, don’t then be surprised when 2 weeks after his debut he’s out for 4 weeks with a hamstring. Also, if your style of play makes player more susceptible to injuries, you’re going to have to have a bigger squad.
Then there is the clubs attitude to injuries. I have personal experience with this, as when I was younger I was operated on by Man Utd’s orthopaedic surgeon. Originally, they thought I had tendinitis in my knee to which I said ‘like Hargreaves?’ The doctor then stated that if United had let him heal, his career would’ve carried on but he was rushed back, which caused more injuries and a downward spiral.
The point I’m making is, yes there is an element of luck with regards to injuries, but most of the variables can be played around and compensated for with forward planning, so I personally never like the use of them as an excuse for poor results.
‘Bad luck with injuries’