Graham Roberts has claimed on Twitter that Tottenham Hotspur’s rotation policy under Mauricio Pochettino could be the cause of Spurs’ extensive injury problems this season – while Liverpool continue relatively injury free.
Tottenham have suffered from numerous injuries this season, with the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier only recently recovering from long-term problems. Hugo Lloris is expected to be sidelined until the new year after dislocating his elbow.
Meanwhile, Erik Lamela, Jan Vertonghen and Tanguy Ndombele are all suffering with muscle injuries and face a difficult fight to be fit after the international break – when Spurs take on West Ham United at the London Stadium on November 23.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have suffered just two lengthy injuries to their starting-11 players. Indeed, Alisson picked up a calf problem early on while Joel Matip is currently sidelined. Roberts believes Pochettino’s rotation policy is to blame.
Liverpool play same players every week they hardly pick up injuries so what are our players doing to keep picking up injuries? is it because they don’t change the team and players play every game so are match fit all the time. That’s what you get with settled side
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) November 11, 2019
TBR’s view – Does Roberts have a point about Liverpool and Tottenham?
It is an intriguing argument. Indeed, Liverpool and Tottenham both played a similar amopunt of fixtures last season – especially when considering they both reached the Champions League final.
However, the two sides took different approaches. Jurgen Klopp is keen on eight or nine regular starters, while the likes of Jordan Henderson, Matip and Gini Wijnaldum sometimes swap for James Milner, Joe Gomez/Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Meanwhile, Pochettino rotates the majority of his players between Europe and the Premier League. The only players to normally retain their place are Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Lloris – or Paulo Gazzaniga with Lloris injured. Roberts has a point, and it might be time for Spurs to follow suit.