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Klopp believes Liverpool’s title campaign has been cursed by wretched injury luck

Date Posted,April 19, 2017

Jurgen Klopp is convinced Liverpool’s title charge was sabotaged by a nightmare injury curse.

The Reds boss is facing yet another crisis with three central defenders all major doubts for the visit of Crystal Palace , leaving him with the prospect of throwing young Joe Gomez in for a baptism of fire against old boy Christian Benteke.

According to the German coach, his much criticised high-intensity Gegenpress system is not to blame for the persistent problems, but instead, simple bad luck which has seen his biggest stars like Sadio Mane, Phil Coutinho, Adam Lallana, and Jordan Henderson all ruled out for long periods.

For Klopp, it is a missed opportunity. He believes a top four finish and the guarantee of Champions’ League football next season would be a remarkable achievement given the injury jinx, but he believes it could have been so much better.

Klopp is wondering what could have been (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“The injury situation makes it not easy for us in a lot of situations. I think we all agree if we could have played our first 12 or 13 the whole season, we are only what six or seven points away from the very interesting reach in the table.

“It could have been interesting, but it is not important now because we don’t know if for sure, and we are not allowed to look back.”

Liverpool have suffered far more injuries than all their top six rivals, with only Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner of their recognised first choice team avoiding any serious injury this season.

Mane is out for the rest of the season… (Photo: Liverpool Echo)
… and Lallana is still working his way back to full fitness (Photo: Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It has left Klopp desperately scrambling to find competitive teams to maintain the Champions’ League charge in recent weeks…and the visit of Palace, who took popular defender Mamadou Sakho on loan, only serves to heighten the frustration.

But the German is adamant those critics who branded his system as too demanding to maintain throughout an entire season have got it spectacularly wrong, when they claim the injuries are down to the intensity.

“The problem I can not say exactly. But look at the injuries we’ve had – not a lot of muscle injuries which is always a sign of intensity,” he explained.

“It’s not the moment in the season where we are having the hardest training or whatever, so it’s all about individual situations. A lot of problems, they have been injuries in games, if it happens in the game, it is different.

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