The true story behind how Liverpools injury crisis compares to Premier League title rivals – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool’s recent injury crisis in defence has given manager Jurgen Klopp a few headaches so is his side’s march to the Premier League summit an even greater achievement against the odds given the selection dilemmas the Reds have faced?

With the likes of Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip all been forced out of the action over the busy festive and New Year period, some fans at Anfield have been left thinking that their side have been dealt a bad hand in the fitness stakes but frustrations of late actually seem to cloud the overall picture.

In total, members of Liverpool‘s first team squad have missed a total of 87 matches this season but 45 of those come from long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has been out since last spring with a rupture to his cruciate ligament.

Discounting the former Arsenal midfielder, Klopp’s players have missed 45 games between them.

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Worst hit is defender Joe Gomez who had made a centre-back spot his own alongside Virgil van Dijk before a fracture in his leg in December forced him to sit out 10 matches to date.



Joe Gomez and Ben Mee clash

Fellow centre-backs Dejan Lovren (pelvis) and Joel Matip (collarbone) have both been sidelined for seven games apiece alongside midfielder Adam Lallana (groin strain).

 

Captain Jordan Henderson (hamstring); Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot); and Naby Keita (muscular problems) have all had four games out each while Sadio Mane (fractured finger) and James Milner (hamstring) both missed one match respectively.



Mamadou Sakho of Crystal Palace clears the ball away from Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield

Supporters can sometimes fall into the trap of just focusing on their own team’s issues though as these frustrations actually pale in comparison to the injuries suffered by main Premier League title rivals and reigning champions Manchester City.

 

Benjamin Mendy (knee and foot injuries) has missed 27 games in total while ligament injuries have

kept Kevin De Bruyne out for a total of 22 matches.

Danilo (ankle) has been forced to miss 13 games; Vincent Kompany (muscle injury) 11 games and Ilkay Gundogan (hamstring) nine games.

 

Others to have been forced on to the sidelines at various points include Sergio Aguero (groin) and David Silva (hamstring), six games each; Oleksandr Zinchenko (nose) five games; Fernandinho (thigh) four games and Bernardo Silva (foot) two games.

Members of Pep Guardiola’s side have been sidelined for a combined 150 games this season and even when you discount understudy goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who has missed 45 matches but is likely not to have been selected for the bulk of them that’s still a total of 105.

 

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