Liverpool FC injury analysis: 2009-2017

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Luke Glassford assesses every injury problem Liverpool have suffered over the past eight campaigns.


As with all Premier League clubs, injuries are an ongoing concern for Liverpool—who certainly seem to get their fair share of injuries to key players.

Although there are quite a few ‘injury trackers’ online, there are no good resources that show the actual impact that injuries to certain players have on our season.

Many injuries that are recorded are brief and don’t result in a player missing any games—which can skew the data and not give a reliable account of how a club’s injuries have affected their season.

Therefore we’ve teamed up with CL Legal, who have tracked all the injuries to Liverpool players over the past eight seasons (including 2016/17 so far) which actually forced the player to miss games.

Now we’re looking for your input to help get an idea on how much these injuries may have harmed our chances during that season, or if they had no impact at all.

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Have your say in the comments below and we’ll add them to the below injury analysis…

 

Season 2009/10 Injury Analysis

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 25, 2010: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt limps off injured with club Doctor Mark Waller during the Premiership match against Burnley at Turf Moor. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Total number of injuries: 28
Total lost playing time: 42 months
Most common injury: Knee (6)
Most serious injury: Knee (12 months)
Most injured position: Defender (14)
Most injured player: Fabio Aurelio, Fernando Torres (both 4)
Most lost playing time: Fabio Aurelio (8.5 months)
Most common month of injury: October, January (both 7)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2009/10 season:

 

Season 2010/11 Injury Analysis

BOLTON, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 31, 2010: Liverpool's Joe Cole goes down with a suspected hamstring injury during the Premiership match against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. (Pic by: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Total number of injuries: 20
Total lost playing time: 40.5 months
Most common injury: Hamstring (6)
Most serious injury: Hamstring (12.5 months)
Most injured position: Defender (11)
Most injured player: Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio (both 3)
Most lost playing time: Daniel Agger (7.5 months)
Most common month of injury: February (5)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2010/11 season:

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Season 2011/12 Injury Analysis

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 27, 2011: Liverpool's Martin Kelly is applauded by the fans on the Spion Kop as he limps off injured against Bolton Wanderers during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Total number of injuries: 18
Total lost playing time: 28.5 months
Most common injury: Hamstring (4)
Most serious injury: Knee (15 months)
Most injured position: Defender (11)
Most injured player: Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson (all 2)
Most lost playing time: Lucas Leiva (9 months)
Most common month of injury: March (5)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2011/12 season:

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Season 2012/13 Injury Analysis

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 26, 2012: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva goes off injured against Manchester City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Total number of injuries: 21
Total lost playing time: 51 months
Most common injury: Knee (5)
Most serious injury: Knee (21.5 months)
Most injured position: Midfield (7)
Most injured player: Fabio Borini (3)
Most lost playing time: Martin Kelly (11 months)
Most common month of injury: August, September (both 4)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2012/13 season:

 

Season 2013/14 Injury Analysis

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 29, 2013: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson is treated for an injury by physiotherapist Chris Morgan against Chelsea during the Premiership match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Total number of injuries: 23
Total lost playing time: 39.5 months
Most common injury: Ankle (6)
Most serious injury: Knee (20 months)
Most injured position: Defender (13)
Most injured player: Daniel Sturridge (5)
Most lost playing time: Sebastian Coates (9 months)
Most common month of injury: August (7)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2013/14 season:

 

Season 2014/15 Injury Analysis

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 8, 2015: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel receives treatment after going down injured against Blackburn Rovers during the FA Cup 6th Round Quarter-Final match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Total number of injuries: 33
Total lost playing time: 66 months
Most common injury: Knee, thigh (both 9)
Most serious injury: Knee (32 months)
Most injured position: Midfield (12)
Most injured player: Daniel Sturridge (7)
Most lost playing time: Jon Flanagan (whole season)
Most common month of injury: August, December (both 5)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2014/15 season:

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Season 2015/16 Injury Analysis

DORTMUND, GERMANY - Thursday, April 7, 2016: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson is treated by physiotherapist Chris Morgan for an injury during the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match against Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Total number of injuries: 31
Total lost playing time: 62 months
Most common injury: Hamstring (13)
Most serious injury: Knee (22 months)
Most injured position: Midfield (15)
Most injured player: Jordan Henderson (3)
Most lost playing time: Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings (all 7 months)
Most common month of injury: October (5)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2015/16 season:

 

Season 2016/17 Injury Analysis

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 26, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia lies injured against Sunderland during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Total number of injuries: 30
Total lost playing time: 38 months
Most common injury: Knee injury (6)
Most serious injury: Knee (8.5 months)
Most injured position: Midfield (13)
Most injured player: Dejan Lovren (5)
Most lost playing time: Danny Ings (5 months+)
Most common month of injury: December (5)

Full list of injuries that led to missed playing time – 2016/17 season:

CL Legal is a law firm based in Liverpool city centre specialising predominately in personal injury and industrial disease law.


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