MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool goes down injured during the … [+] Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on November 8, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
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There is no shortage of targets to blame for Liverpool’s recent glut of injuries.
From the aggressive approach taken by neighbors Everton in the derby to the scheduling doled out by the Premier League fixture computer, the defending champions have had plenty of external factors affecting fitness this season.
A lesser mentioned cause, however, is intensity.
Liverpool’s success in the past couple of years has been based on the speed the team moves the ball and the ground its players cover.
The gegenpressing or ‘counter-pressing’ tactical philosophy introduced to the club by manager Jurgen Klopp delivers outstanding results, but it also requires huge amounts of energy.
Liverpool has had more sprints than any other team in the previous two seasons, and, while the distance covered by the side is not always the highest, sprinting under fatigue carries a higher risk of injury.