Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will consider changing the club's training regime after Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho became the latest players to pick up hamstring injuries in the Capital One Cup win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. The Reds' injury-list swelled to 10 during the win in the semi-final first leg and leaves Klopp with wafer-thin options in several areas, particularly in defence.
Following the game, the German admitted he will consider using the January transfer window to cover for the injury crisis, with Liverpool facing having to play League Two side Exeter City in the FA Cup third round on 8 January without a single recognised centre-back. Kolo Toure also pulled up with a hamstring problem in the second half but was able to play the full 90 minutes.
The most alarming aspect of Liverpool's injury problems surrounds the amount of hamstring problems that are currently affecting the squad. Lovren and Coutinho joined Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Rossiter and Divock Origi in suffering identical fitness problems, which could be attributed to the new pressing game implemented by Klopp.
"Injuries? Yeah that's it, we will look at our training! We don't train, we only recover, that is the situation now? There is no training," said Klopp, according to ITV, when asked if he was to blame for the string of injuries. "But it's no problem really. I am responsible for these things and if you want to make me responsible then it's OK. We have five hamstrings and it's my responsibility but it is like it is and we have to see what we can do."
Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness believes the trend is "no coincidence" such are the physical demands Klopp is making of the squad, which he took over in October following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. But midfielder Adam Lallana has jumped to the defence of the Anfield boss and insists bad luck is to blame for the recent run of fitness issues.
"It's a big blow losing Philippe and Dejan, and we just hope they aren't going to be out for long," Lallana told the Liverpool Echo. "Sometimes you are just unlucky with injuries and we've had a lot of bad luck recently.
"I know from my time at Liverpool that we've got a world-class medical team here. We certainly can't point the finger at anyone. We have had a change of manager this season. When that happens lads look to impress more and give more.
"But I don't think these injuries have got anything to do with any changes to our training. We've had so many games recently that we've mainly been doing recovery sessions between games so it's not as if the training has been really intensive. You can't blame that."