Experienced ‘recovery expert’ hired as Liverpool patient list grows

Date published: Tuesday 29th December 2020 11:07 - Neil Foster

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Jurgen Klopp has reached out to another of his former colleagues at Borussia Dortmund, with Dr Andreas Schlumberger joining Liverpool as head of recovery and performance.

The 54-year-old looks set to replace Philipp Jacobsen, who is on gardening leave after revealing he wants to return to Germany.

It has been something of a revolving door for the Reds’ medical team this year. Club doctor Andy Massey plus physiotherapists Christopher Rohrbeck, Richie Partridge and Jose Luis Rodriguez have all departed.

Liverpool confirmed the appointment of the German on Tuesday morning, who joins from Schalke. His job title is described as being a “newly-created specialist role,” and he will  “support and work in close collaboration with the current performance, medical and rehabilitation leadership.”

He joins club doctor Dr Jim Moxon and physios Chris Morgan and Steve Lilley as part of the club’s medical team.

Schlumberger look set to be busy, with the long list of injury victims at Anfield this term. Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury – suffered in the Merseyside derby – is the most high profile.

Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and Naby Keita are also currently out of action. However, Joel Matip’s adductor problem picked up during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom has left Klopp with a problem.

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Liverpool’s Premier League defence is on track as they sit three points clear at the top of the standings. That could change after Tuesday’s matches and former Reds defender Jamie Carragher has urged Klopp to buy a defender.

 

The winter window is set to open later this week and Carragher feels they must act.

“It’s a massive worry but it’s not a new worry,” Carragher said on Sky Sports in reference to Matip’s injury. “Joel Matip will not play every game between now and the end of the season. You know that even before the injury today.

“That’s why it’s paramount that Liverpool sign somebody in January. I said that as soon as Virgil van Dijk had his injury against Everton.”

It has been all hands to the pump at times and Carragher believes only injuries can thwart their title bid.

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“I think the only way they don’t win it is if they have problems at centre-back,” he commented.

Schlumberger will doubtless get to work straight away on trying to shorten the recovery time of the plethora of crocked stars. At Dortmund he worked as a rehabilitation coach before moving on to Bayern Munich.

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