Liverpool combat injury crisis by appointing Klopp’s former Dortmund colleague

Liverpool have brought in a new head of recovery and performance.

Jurgen Klopp has bemoaned the influx of injuries so far this season with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the foreseeable future with Joel Matip, Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara also currently sidelined.

The German might now have played a part in the arrival of a former Borussia Dortmund colleague as the Reds go all-out to retain the Premier League title they won last season.

Dr Andreas Schlumberger is the man to join the side at Anfield having worked for each of Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke in the Bundesliga.

The club said: “Liverpool Football Club has appointed Dr Andreas Schlumberger as head of recovery and performance.

“This newly-created specialist role will support and work in close collaboration with the current performance, medical and rehabilitation leadership.

“Schlumberger joins the Reds’ first-team backroom set-up at the AXA Training Centre from Schalke 04.

“The 54-year-old does so after almost a year with the Royal Blues, where he held the position of head of fitness and prevention.

“The German has previously worked with Jurgen Klopp, having spent four seasons with Borussia Dortmund between 2011 and 2015 as a rehabilitation coach.

“After leaving Signal Iduna Park, he joined Bayern Munich in a similar capacity, before switching to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2017, where he was positioned for two-and-a-half campaigns prior to linking up with Schalke.

“In addition, he enjoyed a spell with FC Nurnberg between 2005 and 2008, and has worked with the German Football Association, supporting the younger age groups.”

Following their disappointing home draw against West Brom on Sunday, Liverpool take on Newcastle on Wednesday with the aim of extending their lead at the top.

Klopp said of their last result: "We should have won the game, or we wanted to win the game and we didn't, and now we are all 'depressed' or whatever.

"The boys are more angry than anything else because they know that it was not perfect, but that's it and now, of course, we have to play the next game in three days.

"We don't live in dreamland and just win football matches because we want to win them – we have to work for it and we have to play for it and we have to finish the situations off.”

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