World News – GB – Why Liverpool scientists will decide Premier League title


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: (SUN, SUNDAY SUN) Roberto Firmino and Thiago [] Alcantara of Liverpool during training session at Melwood Training Ground on September 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England (Photo by Andrew Powell / Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

At some point, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Virgil Van Dijk will get injured, lose shape, something

The relentless squad built by Jurgen Klopp have racked up nearly 200 points in the past two seasons and reached two Champions League titles in the past three years

Critics almost started to plead; the level of performance cannot be sustained by players approaching their 30s, there must be a dip

Ahead of tonight’s clash with Arsenal, goalkeeper Alisson and new signing Thiago Alcantara fear injuries Club captain Jordan Henderson and defender Joel Matip were already out of the race

Precisely for this reason, the scientists whispering ideas on Jurgen Klopp’s ears tonight will be a crucial factor in Liverpool’s efforts to retain their Premier League crown

The club, known for harnessing its owner’s knowledge of American sport to create one of Europe’s most impressive analytical departments, must demonstrate just how capable its sports science team is leverage data to avoid injury

Jurgen Klopp, who did not analyze any data before joining Liverpool but is now converted to his power, must use the numbers at his disposal to take care of his players

Success in the Premier League this season will not be defined by tactical advice alone, the sports science department’s interpretation of the many data points it collects will also play a major role

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Spurs’ Son Heung-Min holds his injured arm as he talks to [] Spurs manager Jose Mourinho during the Premier League game between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020 in Birmingham, UK (Photo by Simon Stacpoole / Offside / Offside via Getty Images)

The ‘injury crisis’ story – when a club is suddenly hit with multiple injuries to key players – is a story many managers love to tell

Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Heung Min Son all faced various issues at a crucial time in the campaign

At the time, manager Jose Mourinho delved into football’s book of old proverbs to describe his growing list of injuries

– It’s like when you have to pull a blanket and your feet are left out, â ???? he said

This year you can expect the story of the injury crisis to pop up across many teams, along with complaints about the number of matches

Sports science expert and author of the Trackademic blog, Dr Joel Mason says playing a lot of games conditions a player for a particular workload, but there is a ‘tipping point’ when the injury becomes more likely

There are variations depending on the individual and how their fitness is managed, but if a group is pushed hard on the training ground or does not have sufficient recovery time, a wave of injury is a very real possibility

– Playing [soccer] gets you in shape to play [soccer] and that means you run less risk of injury So the more you play, theoretically, the more conditioned you are to play

– But there is a tipping point and once you go beyond that the risk of injury increasesâ ????

– This tipping point may be different for different players Someone can run 8 miles in a match and someone can run eight miles in a match They go through a completely different training and match loadsâ ????

Other factors, like if a player has had a full preseason and has been able to gradually increase the intensity of their training or if they just come back suddenly and had to increase their workload quickly, are important

Players will never have been conditioned to manage the frequency of games scheduled for this year, so the risk of injury will be more difficult than ever to control

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Nampalys Mendy of Leicester City is injured during the Prime Minister [] League match between Leicester City and Burnley at King Power Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Leicester, England (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool / Getty Images)

A common complaint among managers faced with a busy schedule is that they have little time between games to properly prepare

If a team plays every third day, the intensity on the training ground should be carefully monitored

When there are big games that require detailed preparation, giving players time to recover is easier said than done

– It’s about juggling the competing areas of recovering a match and preparing for the next match, – says Mason

– We know that things like being strong and running a lot in training are injury preventive

– But you can’t do these things in training if you’re still recovering from the previous game

– It’s a really hard thing to do in the middle of a season, to keep training and stay focused on your physical performance [Particularly] when Liverpool knock on the door a week and you just lose to Manchester United two days agoâ ????

The approach each club takes to the science of sport does not usually make the headlines. This is something most clubs prefer to keep a secret

But Mason tells me that there is a huge variation in approach between elite level clubs and that these differences can be critical

– Some teams do it completely differently from others [Some look at] not only the distance the players run, but [also] the number of acceleration and deceleration they perform

– If a player [does] too much of what he usually does, he tends to adjust his training next week for the next gameat ????

This season more than ever, with so many matches packed into a shorter schedule, teams who have learned the nuances from their players individual fitness requirements have a better chance of keeping key players healthy

There is no doubt that larger sports science departments that have accumulated larger reserves of data over longer periods of time will have an advantage

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea swaps his shirt with Raul Jimenez of [] Wolverhampton Wanderers full time after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on July 26, 2020 in London, England Football stadiums in Europe remain empty due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws ban fans inside venues, resulting in all matches being held behind closed doors (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC / Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Many players these days wear GPS trackers in vests when playing Trackers can provide sports science teams with live data to advise coaches on who might need to be replaced to protect them from injury

But whether a coach chooses to listen to the words of his sports scientist is a whole other matter

– It’s just up to this individual head coach to decide if he wants to make a decision based on a guy playing like garbage or a guy who ran too far, â € “ continues Mason

A lot of head coaches tend to be pretty old-school in terms of, “I want to make a tactical change” or â ???? I want to make a change based on pure football and not on how much someone has run… at ????

Manchester City fans were puzzled last season when Phil Foden was sacked after an hour as he excelled against Real Madrid in the Champions League But it later emerged that Foden ran more in 60 minutes than the rest of his teammates in 90

This showed how the eyes are not an adequate judge of who might need to be replaced in a game, data is vital to these decisions

Having it and using it the right way could be the difference between having a campaign derailed by injuries or not

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