Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is dealing with setbacks on an almost weekly basis at Anfield right now.
What’s the word?
That is according to Dean Jones, who spoke with GIVEMESPORT of the bad luck that the German has experienced this season, following the three injuries that the Reds incurred during the 3-2 defeat against Arsenal last weekend.
The journalist said: “Almost every week it feels like there is a setback for Jurgen Klopp at the moment, and it’s like he starts to solve one part of his puzzle and then something else is messed up and he’s got to come back around to sort out that dilemma.”
Jones’ comments surrounding the status of Liverpool’s injury misfortunes are quite accurate, as it feels as though there is a fresh issue at the club every week.
Injuries to Luis Diaz, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip on Sunday rubbed salt into the wounds, with the Reds already leaking goals at an alarming rate, with six going past them over their previous two Premier League gamess.
There are two issues which spring to mind regarding the misfortune at the club though.
Liverpool found themselves in a similar position just a couple of years ago amidst the defensive injury crisis which saw reserve players in the squad like Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams step up.
Whilst we can categorically say that Liverpool lack quality in terms of squad depth in certain positions, you could also question Klopp’s approach to training in what is a hectic fixture schedule, with the Reds balancing both Premier League and European football and working with multiple players who have recently been on international duty.
Is this a case of the players being pushed too hard? Is it a lack of rotation in the squad? Or is it another case of genuine misfortune?
Whatever the main contributor, it’s something which isn’t helping Liverpool as they sit a lowly 10th in the Premier League ahead of the daunting visit of Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday.