Jurgen Klopp’s side has spent more days this season due to injuries and absences than any other Premier League club; relegation contenders Sheffield United, Newcastle, Manchester United, Burnley, Southampton, and Palace have all been struck by injuries and absences in Premier League.
Liverpool’s title defense has been derailed by injury, with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently losing eight players, including makeshift centre-back Jordan Henderson, as well as defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Fabinho, and Joel Matip.
In-form Harvey Barnes has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury, joining Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Wesley Fofana, James Justin, Jonny Evans, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet, and Wes Morgan on the injury list for Leicester, who are all battling for a top-four spot.
Crystal Palace has nine players down, while Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, and Southampton each have seven. Manchester City, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, each have only one absentee at the time.
In terms of days lost from injuries, Liverpool players have missed a league-high 1,029 – nearly 200 more than the next worst-hit club Crystal Palace, according to Premier Injuries data. But the chart below reveals Leicester and a raft of relegation battlers have also suffered.
Reported injuries only include periods sidelined by nine days of more since the opening weekend, up to and including March 1.
Schedule to blame & rotation prevention?
So has the condensed schedule contributed to these injuries? Well, reported absences are up 9.9 per cent compared with the period up to matchday 26 last season. But the chart below suggests the majority of teams that have played the most games have actually suffered least – linked to higher rates of squad rotation per game.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are among a group of clubs that have played more games this season due to European commitments – but are also among the least-affected by injuries.
The reason for this, according to the graph below, is a higher rate of squad rotation. However, injuries appear to be disproportionately affecting Liverpool, Leicester, Newcastle, and Palace, which could prove costly in their respective battles come May.