Liverpool first team physio Chris Morgan has defended the club’s medical service from criticism on social media over the Reds ’recent injury problems.
Defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip suffered injuries this season, and club captain Jordan Henderson became the last player to be knocked out after being forced to lose 2-0 to Everton on Saturday.
Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, James Milner and Diogo Jota have also suffered injuries during different seasons.
Liverpool’s form has been most affected by injury problems, and Jurgen Klopp’s team is currently sixth in the league table and five points out of the top four.
Morgan joined Liverpool’s medical department at the start of the season after spells at Crystal Palace and Arsenal, and some fans pointed out that his return coincided with an increase in injuries.
However, Morgan tweeted to supporters not to “confuse the correlation with cause-and-effect relationships” and that Liverpool’s injury problems are “complex and multiple factors”.
On Tuesday morning, Morgan tweeted, “Don’t be nasty. Don’t tweet nonsense. Don’t confuse correlation with cause-and-effect.”
He later added: “One person is not a medical service. 2 doctors, 4/5 physiotherapists, 3 soft tissue therapists, 1 rehabilitation coach, 1 head of recovery, 1 sports scientist, 1 head of fitness, 3 fitness and equipment, 1 head of nutrition, 1 psychiatrist (iatrist), 1 radiologist. 2 (them) accidentally run in the field. “
Asked by one fan why he thinks Liverpool have suffered so many injuries, Morgan replied: “It’s complex and multifactorial.
“The ones we can’t prevent (and we’ve had a lot of them) then affect the ability to try to prevent others. Still, in the end we still have to put 11 players on the field every 3-4 days.”