It has honestly been a weird season for Liverpool to say the least of it. The list is long: aggravated injury problems, Jurgen Klopp’s animated rants about their congested fixture schedule and the biggest ever margin of defeat for any defending champions of England in history.
All of these have contributed to the downsides of their season so far, but in football, like in any league of any team sport: it is ultimately the points table which matters most in the end.
Liverpool went three points clear at the top of the Premier League table with their 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur this week, as Jurgen Klopp did the best he could do with temporarily limited resources.
In the absence of influential figures in the Merseyside club’s first team set up, certain players have stepped up to answer their manager’s call.
Left back Andy Robertson has been a mainstay of every lineup that Liverpool have fielded in the Premier League so far this season, playing every minute of every game.
Georginio Wijnaldum offers midfield steel to Liverpool and he has played every single minute of every game he has been deemed fit for selection.
When Klopp was reminded about Robertson and Wijnaldum’s game time this season in his press conference before Crystal Palace clash, he looked like he was in a dilemma.
The duo have been heavily overplayed at times, which is the last thing that the manager wants at this hour of desperate need: but also something he can’t force his way around.
Despite not having a lot of luck with injuries this season, the German acknowledged his luck with the aforementioned duo: he knocked himself on the head as well as his table a couple times.
Klopp’s reaction to this Journalist saying Gini and Robertson have played every game so far 😂 pic.twitter.com/ccRkqOyIub— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) December 18, 2020
Klopp’s reaction was hilarious as he was literally ‘knocking on wood’, so as to serve as an apt expression for Liverpool’s injury woes right now.
Klopp commented in the season break that he would want to attack the title rather than defend it, and he would certainly hope for his generals to be fit and fine if they are to stand any chance of retaining their Premier League title.