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Published On: Wed, Aug 16th, 2017

Liverpool running more under Jrgen Klopp than with Brendan Rodgers

Statistics suggest that Liverpool are running on average six kilometres more during a game under Jürgen Klopp than under his predecessor Brendan Rodgers

Jrgen Klopp has reacted tetchily to suggestions that his training regime may be to blame for Liverpools succession of injuries but it could be down to the extra work being put into matches by his players.

The latest stats from Opta suggest that the team are running on average six kilometres more during a game under Klopp than under his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool are also doing many more sprints per game, on average 548 compared to 474 under Rodgers, the extra workload coming possibly as a consequence of Klopps adherence to gegenpressing, which involves forcing turnover of possession high up the pitch by relentless pressure from all 10 outfield players.

Six of his squad Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Rossiter and Daniel Sturridge have hamstring injuries, which can result from extra running and sprinting. According to sportsinjuryclinic.net: Acute or sudden hamstring strains usually happen in two ways, either sprinting-related or stretch related.

During sprinting the hamstring muscles work extremely hard to decelerate the shin bone just before the foot strikes the ground and it is at this point that the hamstring is most likely to tear.

Liverpools latest casualties are Coutinho and Lovren, who were replaced during the 1-0 win at Stoke in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday. That makes a total of 10 players out of action through injury, and Klopp is now threatening to enter the transfer market to compensate for the absence of centre-halves in particular.

Liverpool ended the Stoke game with Lucas Leiva forming a makeshift central defence with Kolo Tour and Klopp had a further scare when the Ivorian also appeared to suffer a hamstring problem, though he later told the manager he thought it was just cramp.

Optas stats, provided by EA Sports, show the team is running an average of 113.4km (68 miles) per game against the 107.8km under Rodgers, a workload that is unlikely to decrease in the near future. Liverpool play Exeter away in the FA Cup on Friday, then meet Arsenal and Manchester United, followed by Norwich and the second leg of their semi-final against Stoke, all before the end of January.

Klopp was unable to shed light on the cause of the injuries after the Stoke game. Asked whether it might be his training system that could be to blame, the manager appeared to bridle, saying: We dont train, we only recover so thats the situation now.

But he did add: I am responsible for these things, and if you want to make me responsible for our hamstrings thats the next step, I know this. I know this.

He received some support from the midfielder Adam Lallana who said: Its just a physical game. Look at the amount of games weve had over the Christmas period. Its been a tough run and with the demands on players nowadays theres bound to be injuries. If you look at teams around the league I bet youll find the number of injuries has definitely increased.

Liverpools walking wounded

Philippe Coutinho Hamstring

Dejan Lovren Hamstring

Divock Origi Hamstring

Daniel Sturridge Hamstring

Martin Skrtel Hamstring

Jordan Rossiter Hamstring

Mamadou Sakho Knee

Jordan Henderson Foot

Joe Gomez Knee

Danny Ings Knee

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jan/06/liverpool-running-injuries-jurgen-klopp

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Liverpool running more under Jrgen Klopp than with Brendan Rodgers