Former Liverpool midfielder, Danny Murphy has stated that the club’s manager, Jurgen Klopp needs to stop “moaning” about Liverpool’s schedule, noting that no one on the Red’s playing staff will be winging about the hectic fixture list.
Murphy noted that the German manager has allowed injury frustration to get the better of him. This is coming in the heat of frustration at Anfield on the back of a recent run of untimely injuries.
Meanwhile, the reigning Premier League champions are not the only side to have seen key men ruled out, but they have been hit harder than most.
When asked whether Klopp should be venting his anger or knuckling down, Murphy said: “The latter, for me. I very rarely hear players moaning about it, it’s the coaches.
“Of course you’re going to get frustrated when there’s a few injuries, especially muscle injuries, but it’s part and parcel and it has been for years.
“This ongoing argument about too many games – look, we’re in a bizarre time, the season finished late, the new one started early, we’ve got the Euros coming up – the games have got to be played, it’s as simple as that.
“He might, as he has done before, just have to sacrifice the lesser competitions and just stay focused on the Prem and the Champions League, and not worry about the others.”
Murphy added when quizzed on Liverpool’s strength in depth: “I mean, time will tell, they can’t be having any more injuries because they are pushing it, but Jordan [Henderson] is back training, Thiago is back and might play and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is not that far away, so they are getting players back.
“I think [Diogo] Jota coming in has helped massively, and I’ve spoken to a couple of people who have all said [Xherdan] Shaqiri looks really sharp, he got a little knock on international duty but I’m expecting him to have more of an impact this season.
“So I think they can [rotate when required], yeah. They’ve just got to be careful what games they mix and match and rotate.
“I think in the Champions League group stages you can get away with the odd game and mix your team up, like against Atalanta this week, but I don’t see a problem for them in the Premier League as they try and recapture the title.”