It's fair to say that Liverpool have not had the start to the season that they would have been expecting.
Having come so close to winning four trophies last season, they entered the current campaign with hopes of going one better in the Premier League and in Europe. However, their domestic form has been dire up to this point. The club currently sit in eighth place having won only four of their first 11 games.
Of course, injuries haven't helped. A huge number of their squad members have missed time this season, with Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz currently sidelined with long-term ailments. Some bad luck certainly plays a part in that, although some have raised questions about how they are handling the fitness of their players.
Damien Delaney questions Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool injury issues
Muscle issues seem to be a recurring problem in the squad, something Damien Delaney believes the manager and his coaching staff have to accept some responsibility.
🗣 "No team suffers this amount of injuries!"
🗣 "It seems to be a constant revolving door!"
🗣 "The manager and his coaching staff have to take some responsibility for that."
🗣 "It's a lot of soft tissue injuries."
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The injury record can't be discounted, no team can suffer the amount of injuries that Liverpool have had.
It's not just one or two long-term injuries or one injury to a main player where you can readjust and get settled. There seems to be a constant revolving door of a player getting fit, playing two games, and then he's out again. It's three, four, five players out for a couple of weeks and back in.
The manager and his coaching staff have to bear some sort of responsibility for that. For the amount of money Liverpool have invested in that team, their workloads have to be looked at. It seems to be an awful lot of soft tissue and muscle injuries, players missing a few weeks here and there...
It will have to be looked at. I know there was a change in the medical staff and a new doctor came in very recently.
No team should have to suffer that amount of soft tissue injuries. The workload, the training loads, and recovery time has to be looked at. No other team suffers that amount of injuries.
Liverpool will be aiming to pick up as many point as possible in the buildup to the World Cup, at which point some members of their squad will be facing into an extended break. They should also have some of their injured players back by the festive period.
That rest could be key for some of the more injury prone players at Anfield, although the majority of their top stars will be in Qatar.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to have a clean bill of health heading into the second half of the campaign.