What to do with Liverpool’s sick notes?

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With the news today that Lallana and Matip have been sent home from the latest training camp, I ask the question, how long can we keep persevering with our perennial sicknotes?

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Injury prone players. It seems like our squad has been rammed with them for years. From Aquilani to Sturridge, LFC has had more than its share of injury woes over the years and never the squad to cope. Sturridge lack of fitness played a huge part in Rodgers losing his job in my opinion but Brendan has to take a large portion of the blame for relying on a player who has been injury prone his entire career. Think about this. Until recently, Sturridge was our highest paid player after Suarez left, for a significant period of time. Since Suarez left he has contributed next to nothing. Why? Because he’s never fit.

Lallana is a player I like. Technically excellent and I can understand why Klopp likes him with his high pressing style but the only pressing he’s been doing recently has been pressing the buttons on his phone when he’s calling our medical staff. He missed the whole of last season, if his injury problems continue this season then I think we’ve no option but to get rid as all he’s doing at the moment is collecting a hefty salary and taking up a squad number.

Matip is another player I like and always assumed he would partner Van Dijk initially but again, can’t stay fit. How can you build a CB partnership with someone if they’re never available? Lovren seized his chance and is now first choice alongside VVD. Matip needs some big performances and a prolonged spell of fitness if he’s to remain at the club in my opinion. If he can’t stay fit this season then next season, when Klavan goes, we’ll definitely sign another CB and Matip’s day’s will likely be numbered.

There are others with question marks over them as well like Gomez and Ox. Ox has had more than his share of injury woes in his career and his latest one is about as bad as it gets for a footballer so we’ll see how he returns and if he’s still the same player.

Ultimately, we’ve been carrying too many injured passengers for too long and I firmly believe injury history should be a big part of our recruitment which is why I don’t have a problem with the club walking away from the Fekir deal. I was disappointed but if there’s doubts about his ACL then it’s not a risk worth taking and I’m glad the club are taking that stance. Hopefully as the squad evolves over the next couple of windows, we’ll soon have seen the last of the perennial sick notes.
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