Liverpool have taken the two week international break to restructure their medical department. In particular, The Telegraph is reporting that they’ve sacked Head of Physiotherapy Andy Renshaw, who had been installed in the position 15-months ago.
Before being bumped up to the first team, Renshaw performed in a similar position for the Academy since 2009.
It’s unknown why Klopp felt it necessary to make these changes, though this break in the schedule is the logical time to do it. Perhaps Klopp has concerns over the players’ various injury issues since he’s come onboard.
The winter months are always a hard time for any team, but Liverpool have seen their team significantly weakened for the last two winters in a row. It’s possible that Klopp decided to get ahead of the problem with this shake-up and identified Renshaw as a contributing factor.
It’s been posited by some that Klopp’s rigorous style of play leads to an increase in soft muscle injuries in his players. It’s worth noting that the only long term injuries on Liverpool’s books at the moment are Adam Lallana, who is due back this month, as well as right back Nathaniel Clyne.
As of yet, no successor for Renshaw has been named. They still have another week before the team takes on Manchester United in one of the biggest league games of the season.