Footballers, pushing themselves to the edge of their capabilities, sometimes push a little too far. Whether it is a series of niggling injuries, such as Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne faced this year, a major injury, as befell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, or more nefarious varieties, as the ones Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius suffered, injuries and rehabilitation are part of the game. Perhaps even more so under Jürgen Klopp’s preferred variety of Heavy Metal Football™.
In an attempt to improve the recoveries of our fallen Reds, Klopp has hired Philipp Jacobsen as the club’s medical rehabilitation and performance manager. Jacobsen worked previously with Greek club Panathinaikos between 2001-2004, Portsmouth in 2005, and more recently with the Qatari national team from 2015-17. In between footballing gigs, he established himself as a senior physio at Aspetar, a Qatar-based orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital. And wouldn’t you know it? He’s German.
This will not be Jacobsen’s first time working with Liverpool players. He oversaw the rehabilitation of Adam Lallana twice this season. Hopefully that is not the best example of Jacobsen’s abilities. Regardless, Kloppo must have seen something he liked about Jacobsen in his attempts to fix Lallana’s menagerie of injuries, and now he’s a full-time member of the backroom staff.
Welcome to Liverpool, Philipp! I hope you have some experience in rehabilitating victims of Sergio Ramos thuggery. And hamstrings.