Liverpool star Andy Robertson has been having his say on the Reds’ own injury problems and his comments should resonate with Sheffield United fans.
The Reds are coming into tonight’s clash at Bramall Lane looking at yet another pairing in central defence. As Robertson says in his interview with the Sky Sports it will be the 18th different partnership at centre-half that Jurgen Klopp has had to use.
“If you tell any team in world football that they’re going to have 18 different partnerships in a season at centre-back, no team in the world deals with that – not one,” Robertson said.
Liverpool’s latest injury problem in that area comes in the form of Jordan Henderson. The skipper had been filling in for Klopp in the back four but is now expected to miss at least six weeks.
But while Sheffield United fans will have little sympathy for a Liverpool squad that is blessed with a depth of talent Blades fans would love to have at The Lane, it can provide some comfort.
Liverpool injury problems and form highlight how Sheffield United have had to cope
Both clubs have had a nightmare with regards to the treatment table this season. It’s not just been squad players either picking up the knocks.
We are talking huge players. For a Van Dijk at Liverpool, we’ve had a Jack O’Connell. Fabinho has missed out for the Reds, United have missed Sander Berge. There are so many comparisons.
This constant chopping and changing of the team is no good for anyone. Chris Wilder alluded to this in midweek, that the back eight at United almost picks itself. This season, it’s been decimated.
United’s form has been woeful. There’s no hiding from that. But we can at least look at Liverpool for some sort of comfort and realisation.
The Reds dominated the Premier League last year. Now, a year on, they sit a whopping 22 points off Manchester City at the top. For comparison, the Reds beat City to the title by 18 points last term.
So while it’s unbelievably frustrating to see United keep losing games. We need to remain realistic. And a quick glance over to the problems at Anfield should bring home the difficulties clubs face when losing key players.