Where Liverpool rank in Premier League injury ‘table’ amid Chelsea woes and Man City fortune.
One data scientist has mapped out the Premier League injury landscape, underlining the extent of Liverpool’s struggles relative to their ‘big six’ rivals.
Liverpool has been hit hardest by injuries of all the clubs in the Premier League, data collected by Aurel Nazmiu of Twenty First Group shows.
The graph shows that Liverpool players have missed nearly 160 matches through injuries, far more than the team in second, Chelsea (120).
Arch-rival Manchester United is third, a fraction below Chelsea and one place ahead of fellow Champions League-chaser Newcastle United.
Premier League leader Arsenal is a long way further back with around 60, placing it on the same level as North London neighbour Tottenham Hotspur.
The best record of any ‘big six’ side belongs to Manchester City, who has seen only seen its players miss around 40 games so far — effectively a quarter of Liverpool’s tally.
The Reds are currently without the likes of Luis Díaz, Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and James Milner.
Van Dijk is the newest addition to the injury list, having sustained a hamstring injury in last week’s 3-1 defeat at Brentford that is expected to keep him out for more than a month.
Milner, meanwhile, damaged his hamstring in the 3-2 Carabao Cup loss against Manchester City last month, and Firmino hasn’t played since the club season resumed following the World Cup.
Díaz was due to be back in action in December but suffered a setback that will sideline him until March, while Jota should be back in February.
The only prominent Liverpool players yet to register any injury absences this season are goalkeeper Alisson, defender Joe Gomez, midfielders Fabinho and Harvey Elliott and forward Mohamed Salah.
This may be seen as part of the reason for the team’s struggles this season, with Jürgen Klopp’s side falling from a title contender to a top-four outsider.
Liverpool infamously ended up decimated by injuries in the 2020/21 campaign, but managed to salvage a third-place finish.